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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

College pitcher takes out runner trying to score with vicious hit (Video)

Hendrix Berry pitcher hitMemo to the pitcher in this video: You’re playing baseball, not football.

According to a description on YouTube, this bizarre play occurred during a D-III college baseball game between Hendrix College (Conway, Ark.) and Berry College (Mount Berry, Ga.) on Sunday. The YouTube user who uploaded the video says it was a Berry College pitcher who tackled a Hendrix runner trying to score on a wild pitch.

The YouTube uploader, whose user name is “HendrixBaseballFan,” says the Berry College pitcher threw at batter Matt Simmons, who had called timeout just before the pitch was delivered. The next pitch was in the dirt, and Hendrix’s runner at third tried to score. We say “tried” to score, because nobody could have predicted what happened next.

As junior center fielder Collin Radack was attempting to score, he was leveled by Berry’s pitcher. You can’t even try to argue the contact was accidental, because the video shows the pitcher locating the runner and running straight at him.

Maybe frustration had taken over at the time; Berry had fallen behind 6-2 after Radack’s run. Berry surprisingly rallied to win the game 9-7 despite the dirty tactic. That was easily the dirtiest hit on a college baseball field since this one, which led to a suspension.

The school’s athletic director informs Larry Brown Sports that the player has been suspended for the team’s next conference three-game series.

H/T Deadspin



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