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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Gators knock off LSU, win first baseball national title

Michael Papierski grounded into a double play, allowing Smith to score from third with what would have been the tying run. Instead, Slaughter’s high slide — his foot struck shortstop Dalton Guthrie’s knee — was ruled interference by second base umpire Steve Mattingly, nullifying the run.

Mainieri argued with Mattingly, numerous LSU fans sitting in the outfield of TD Ameritrade Park tossed cups and other debris on the field. They did so again after Papierski’s line drive was caught by a sliding Nick Horvath to end the inning.

Mainieri said Mattingly’s explanation was that Slaughter did not slide directly into the base, hence the interference.

“I didn’t think there was anything wrong,” Mainieri said. “I don’t know what the video showed; I haven’t looked at it…my base runner said he did slide into the base and the umpire said he didn’t, so somebody’s not telling the truth.”...


“They earned it,” Mainieri said. “Kevin [O’Sullivan] does a phenomenal job, he recruits great athletes. He finally got his championship, and I’m happy for him.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 28, 2017 at 11:27 AM | 9 comment(s)
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