If you were paying attention to something other than your NCAA Tournament bracket turning to ashes over the weekend, you probably saw the near-fisticuffs action in Ole Miss baseball's second game against Tennessee. With the Rebels leading 5-4 in the top of the ninth inning of Saturday's game, Ole Miss shortstop Errol Robinson was thrown out at home.
That led to this:
Since this type of thing doesn't happen all that often in college baseball, we have no choice but to examine everything that went down.
First, let's set up the situation that sparked all of the hollerin' back and forth.
Vols pitcher Andy Cox is out to complete his sixth inning of relief (Tennessee, do you even have starting pitching, bro?), with all of the confidence of a flat-billed pitcher. J.B. Woodman puts the ball in play, and Tennessee responds.
As you can see, things don't look good for Tennessee. The ball isn't hit too hard and Errol Robinson, who's already out of frame, looks like he'll score.
Unfortunately for Ole Miss, Tennessee's right fielder closes quickly on the ball and makes a perfect throw home.
And now the fun begins. Cox screams, celebrates, and runs up to the still prone Robinson to issue his statement of #facts.
Let's try another angle.
As one might expect, Robinson does not care for this lecture and shares his thoughts with the Tennessee pitcher.
Meanwhile, on another part of the diamond:
Now, back to the epicenter of hollerin'.
For a moment, it really looks as if a fight is about to go down. Then, out of the mist, A BORTLES APPEARS.
The umpires deserve some credit (or blame, depending on what you want to see) for breaking up the fight, but Colby Bortles simply striding in front of the three Tennessee players shuts this thing down in about .25 seconds (most notably the catcher, who would've been the initial sacrifice). A smart business decision by the Volunteer three.
Before we get to Bianco and Serrano's yelling conversation, baseball law requires that we take a quick timeout for the obligatory shot of a crotch adjustment that must be shown during every minute of airtime.
NOW LET'S GO TO THE OCTAGON OF OUTRAGE.
Once the two coaches are separated, the umpires try to calm everyone down, starting with Bianco.
After a few words with him, they call Serrano over and hold a group therapy session in which they tell both coaches how things are going to be for the rest of Saturday afternoon and then again on Sunday.