Players, coach suspended after UCA/UALR baseball brawl

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Following an on-field fight that happened Wednesday night at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, multiple baseball players and an assistant coach have been suspended.

The UCA Bears were playing the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Trojans when a brawl took place in the bottom of the 10th inning. A press release from UCA stated that 3 players and an assistant coach from UCA were suspended and four players from UALR were suspended following the fight.

The entire press release is as follows:

"The University of Central Arkansas athletics department regrets the incident that occurred during Wednesday night's baseball game between the Bears and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Trojans at Bear Stadium. We realize there is no place in collegiate athletics for such an incident.

"Emotions sometimes run high in athletic contests, particularly in close, highly-contested games such as Wednesday night's extra-inning game. And sometimes those emotions get out of hand, which was the case last night at Bear Stadium.

"UCA Athletics would like to apologize to our colleagues from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the fans from both institutions that were in attendance. This is not the atmosphere that the University of Central Arkansas, the UCA Athletics Department and specifically the UCA Baseball Program desires for its home sporting events.

"UCA Baseball, under the direction of head coach Allen Gum and his staff, has long been known as an entertaining and exciting family friendly activity and we will ensure that continues to occur moving forward.'

Under NCAA guidelines, three players and an assistant coach for UCA and four players for UALR drew suspensions. UCA's suspensions included four games for junior Nate Ferrell and sophomore Brandon Montalvo, four games for assistant coach Trent Kline and eight games for sophomore Matt Anderson.

UALR had three players that drew four-game suspensions and one with with an eight-game suspension.

UCA hosts Southeastern Louisiana in Southland Conference play this weekend at Bear Stadium.

UCA Senior Spencer Griffin is one of many who captured the fight on camera.

"It just seemed like a huge mess something you would see on a cartoon," said Griffin. "A big ball of fighting, dust kicking up everywhere."

He captured the fight, shared it with the world and it is getting national attention.

"I have to film this because if I do not do it I am really going to regret it later," said Griffin. "It seemed like the first instinct in the stands was here I got my phone I am going to video it."

Griffin is a print journalism and Spanish major. He says his journalism professors are using this as a teaching moment. He also says it is all everyone is talking about on campus.

"This spells trouble when you have both of these guys really heated getting in each others face then you of course see the benches clear and you know this is bad news," said Griffin.

And for students over at UALR, even the ones who did not go to the game, they quickly found out what was happening in Conway even before the fight was over.

"It was everywhere," said UALR Junior Sarah Debusk. "YouTube. Instagram. Facebook. Twitter."

And post, after post, after post, it is a replay neither university wanted the world to see.

"I do not think it is a good example for our players or the campus," said Debusk. "I do not think either coach should have done it. It is kind of almost childlike."


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