Alabama’s unbeaten start to its 2020 season fell one game short of tying the best start in school history in a 3-2 loss to Lipscomb on Saturday.
The Crimson Tide (14-1) lost more than just the game throughout the nine innings. Sophomore T.J. Reeves and coach Brad Bohannon were both ejected in the game. Reeves, frustrated with a called third strike in the fourth inning, drug his bat through the batter’s box dirt and was immediately tossed by home plate umpire Justin Beam.
Bohannon earned his early shower after what seemed to be a foul tip by freshman Owen Diodati was called a swinging strike three. After the umpire’s conference, Diodati was still deemed out and Bohannon gave Beam an earful. After both ejections, no explanation was given to Alabama according to pitching coach Jason Jackson.
“I think it’s just an unwritten thing, he drew a line with the bat and for some umpires that’s [enough]. It looked like he did something with the bat and the umpire interpreted him drawing a line. [In the dugout afterwards] he was frustrated but didn’t say anything,” Jackson said. “I know [Bohannon] was arguing with the umpire but I don’t know what got him ejected.”
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