The Southland Conference suspended an umpire who ended a game with an egregious third strike on Friday night.
With two out in the ninth, left fielder Davon Mims was at the plate with a 1-1 count.
Mims threw a low pitch in the zone that was called a strike by the plate umpireand Mims protested the call.
Apparently, the referee didn’t like that his decision was challenged.
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On the next pitch, the New Orleans pitcher threw an obvious ball down and off home plate, but the home plate umpire called strike threefinishing the game.
«Oh my gosh! Wow! He crumpled on ball two and game over,» the announcer said. «Oh my gosh. That’s horrible!»
Mims spoke to the umpire, angry, but the umpire kept walking as Mims had to be stopped by the opposing catcher.
The conference said the unidentified umpire’s actions were «considered detrimental to the conference and in violation of Section 3 Character and Conduct of the CCA Baseball Mechanics Manual.»
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«The Southland Conference is committed to promoting and enforcing the principles and standards of good sportsmanship in all conference activities involving our member institutions, including competition against non-conference opponents.» the conference said in a statement Saturday. «The conference expects this conduct to be upheld by all participants in the game.
«As a result, the umpire has been removed from the series and has been indefinitely suspended from Southland Conference baseball games.»
The Privateers went to 9-5 with the win while the Delta Devils fell to 6-7.
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On Thursday, Mims was named Athlete of the Week by Mississippi Valley State Athletics.
Through five innings of the second game of the series, New Orleans led Mississippi State Valley, 32-3, with seven home runs and 24 hits.
Fox News’ Joe Morgan contributed to this report.