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Knoxville, TN – There’s been a crazy atmosphere in Knoxville as Tennessee and Notre Dame face off in the NCAA Tournament. The Super Regionals began on Friday evening, with the two teams facing off in the first game. It was the Irish batting fireworks and the Vols team explosions that have already sparked controversy in Knoxville.
In the final 5th inning, with Notre Dame leading 8-2, Tennessee outfielder Drew Gilbert was at bat, but what came next could change the dynamic of Saturday’s rematch. After the plate umpire called a strike, Gilbert looked back and told the umpire the call was “F—ing Terrible” according to video of the incident. I’m not a lip reader and couldn’t tell from my perspective on the piece, but the video appears to be verified.
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After the umpire immediately threw out Gilbert, the Tennessee pitching coach rushed out of the dugout and shared his thoughts with the plate umpire, which also led to his ejection. Under NCAA rules, Gilbert and Anderson will be forced to miss Saturday’s game due to the ejection.
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The Vols struggled all night, with Notre Dame hitting four homers in the first four innings. It will take effort for Tennessee to get back into this game.
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These two teams will meet in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon.