Due to weather delays and lengthy games, it was a long night Thursday at the Big Ten Baseball Tournament. In a elimination game between Maryland and Purdue, it made everyone a bit testier.
In the eighth inning of a tie game, the home plate umpire made a judgment call that caused Maryland coach John Szefc to snap.
Leading off the top of the eighth, Maryland’s Marty Costes was hit by a 1-1 pitch near his left elbow. He started trotting to first before home plate umpire Michael Droll told Costes he had to come back to the plate because he didn’t make an effort to get out of the way.
Costes certainly did not lean into the pitch, and he moved his left arm at the last second.
Marty Costes apparently did not try to get out of the way of this pitch. John Szefc came out to argue and got tossed. He was *cooking*. pic.twitter.com/EK8S22pmDU
— Connor Newcomb (@ConnorNewcomb_) May 26, 2017
Naturally, Szefc had some words for Droll. Szefc came out of the dugout and went on an fiery tirade that led to his ejection. Deadspin has video of Szefc’s choice words, which were clearly audible on the Big Ten Network’s live telecast.
With Szefc back in the clubhouse, it all worked out for Maryland. Costes ended up with a walk and the Terps scored three runs in the inning en route to a 5-2 win to stay alive in the tournament. Baseball don’t lie.