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Seven players, one coach suspended after UCA-UALR brawl

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LITTLE ROCK (KATV) --  A "basebrawl," between two central Arkansas colleges was the buzz of the Internet around the state Thursday.

It happened between the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and the University of Central Arkansas Wednesday night, beginning when the two head coaches got into a verbal argument on the field.

Only 30 miles separate the two college campuses, and although the teams aren't in the same conference, the baseball rivalry between UALR and UCA may have reached a new level after their most recent match up.

What started as an argument in the 10th inning between UCA head coach Allen Gum and umpires over a call in favor of UALR, ended in a large brawl involving nearly all players, coaches and plenty of punches thrown.

"I'd like to just say last night's incident that happened is something we take very, very seriously," said UALR head baseball coach Scott Norwood at a press conference Thursday.

As the video shows, coach Norwood came out of his dugout as well, and a verbal dispute began between he and Gum. Gum then appears to make contact with Norwood.

The argument reaches a more physical level when UCA volunteer assistant coach Trent Kline, runs up and shoves Norwood to the ground. The shove leads to a benches-clearing fight where players get involved, and multiple punches are thrown.

"This type of behavior sets a bad example for our student-athletes and most of all for our fans as well. I deeply regret that this has happened," Norwood added.

UCA Athletic Director Brad Teague released a statement Thursday, in part stating:

"The University of Central Arkansas athletics department regrets the incident that occurred during Wednesday night's baseball game between the Bears and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Trojans at Bear Stadium. We realize there is no place in collegiate athletics for such an incident."

Also included in the UCA release, is that under NCAA guidelines, three players and an assistant coach for UCA and four players for UALR drew suspensions.

UCA's suspensions included eight games for sophomore Matt Anderson, four games for junior Nate Ferrell, sophomore Brandon Montalvo and assistant coach Trent Kline.

UALR had three players that drew four-game suspensions and one with an eight-game suspension, according to the release. UALR had not confirmed which players were suspended at the time of this story.

The Trojans will host the Bears on April 23 in Little Rock.