Ump Show: Clemson’s Cam Cannarella ejected in the 13th inning after meaningless exchange with Tenseesee’s Zane Denton
Tennessee and Clemson were in the midst of a 13-inning battle in a NCAA Baseball Tournament’s Regional matchup and for whatever reason, the umpires decided to ejected Cam Cannarella after a meaningless exchange with Zane Denton.
So for those of you who are unfamiliar, Cam Cannarella is the ACC Freshman of the Year.
On the night, he was 3-for-5 with 4 RBI, a run scored, and two doubles.
The Tigers and Vols were locked in a 5-5 tie that included a wild ninth inning, with Clemson losing a 4-2 lead with two outs in the top of the ninth on a Zane Denton 3-run home run.
Zane Denton 3-Run Home Run in the 9th
Cam Cannarella then tied the game 5-5 after an RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Cam Cannarella RBI Double Bottom of the 9th
Then the 13th inning ejection happened.
After both teams were chirping each other throughout the game, umpires got together and issued both teams warnings in the 7th inning.
Second base umpire Angel Campos then decided that Cannarella, who was running into the dugout from centerfield after Clemson worked themselves out of a jam in the 13th inning, chirped Zane Denton at second base.
The result was Cam Cannarella getting ejected from the ball game.
Just like ESPN analyst Kyle Peterson said in the video above, there’s absolutely no way you can eject a kid who’s running in from the outfield and exchanges a few words.
The two players weren’t even facing each other. It was a quick exchange that from everyone’s view, looked completely meaningless. Plus, Cannarella and Denton were dominating the entire game and basically were the only reason this game was even in the 13th inning.
It’s completely uncalled for.
“You cannot do that,” ESPN analyst Kyle Peterson, who was on the call in Saturday’s game, said. “Not for that.”
“There’s zero, zero way you can throw a kid out for doing that. Either one of them. I don’t know what was said, but they were going the other way, guys. We’re not face-to-face. We’re not imitating anything. They are fired up, running off the field. This has got to stop.”
Clemson ended up losing the game 6-5 and will now play Charlotte in Game 5 of the Clemson Regional today at noon.