In a winner takes all game on Monday between Houston Baptist and Oregon State, HBU third baseman Andrew Benefield hit a grand slam home run to lead his team. He took a moment to watch the ball fly over the left-field wall when umpire Scott Cline. Took exception to the celebration and yelled at Benefield to run the bases.
It leaves one to question the umpire’s motives in making that call. Benefield, to his credit, immediately executed his home run trot at a somewhat elevated pace. HBU went on to win the game. Baseball tradition would dictate that the opposing team could take exception when Benefield had another at-bat. Umpire Cline, who has at least eight years of collegiate experience, broke a cardinal rule of umpiring. We know his name now.
You will NOT admire your home runs with this umpire pic.twitter.com/6ivfTYbDg1
— CJ Fogler (@cjzer0) June 7, 2021
Do you think the umpire does the right thing? Do you think Benefield showboated? Baseball games give us so much to discuss.
In another Region in Oregon, the LSU Tigers postpone Coach Paul Mainieri’s retirement for at least one more weekend. The Tigers fought out of the loser’s bracket to win their regional and now travel to Knoxville to try and avenge a three-game sweep from earlier in the season by taking two of three from the Vols. A trip to Omaha is on the line for the battered Tigers.
Mainieri Magic💜 pic.twitter.com/7J2HcLQk4g
— LSU Baseball (@LSUbaseball) June 8, 2021