No Word From SWAC After Alabama State, Jackson State Baseball Near Brawl
[mpoverlay]The Southwestern Athletic Conference has yet to issue a statement or discipline in a near-brawl incident between Alabama State University and Jackson State University’s baseball teams last Sunday. Officials called the game in the top of the eighth when both dugouts emptied after two consecutive Hornet pitches at the head of JSU pitcher Desmond Russell, an inning after a ASU player was hit in the jaw by a pitch.
The game took a nasty turn in the bottom half of the inning when ASU’s Manny Rodriguez was hit in the jaw on a pitch from Desmond Russell. Rodriguez was given first base as several Hornets left the dugout area in protest when no warning was issued by home plate umpire Kevin Bradley.
The taunting from the Jackson State dugout continued as Rodriguez was examined by ASU trainer Rachel Waddle and she later convinced Melendez to replace Rodriguez with catcher Richard Gonzalez, fearing Rodriguez’s jaw might have been broken by the pitch. (Montgomery Advertiser)
No timetable has been set by the SWAC office for a disciplinary decision. Jackson State was leading the game 2-1.[/mpoverlay]