Seven players, one coach suspended after UCA-UALR brawl

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -- {}A "basebrawl," between twocentral Arkansas colleges was the buzz of the Internet around the stateThursday.

It happened between the University ofArkansas-Little Rock and the University of Central Arkansas Wednesday night, beginningwhen the two head coaches got into a verbal argument on the field.

Only 30 miles separate thetwo college campuses, and although the teams aren't in the same conference, thebaseball rivalry between UALR and UCA may have reached a new level after theirmost recent match up.

What started as anargument in the 10th inning between UCA head coach Allen Gum andumpires over a call in favor of UALR, ended in a large brawl involving nearlyall players, coaches and plenty of punches thrown.

"I'd like to just saylast night's incident that happened is something we take very, very seriously,"said UALR head baseball coach Scott Norwood at a press conference Thursday.

As the video shows, coachNorwood came out of his dugout as well, and a verbal dispute began between heand Gum. Gum then appears to make contact with Norwood.

The argument reaches amore physical level when UCA volunteer assistant coach Trent Kline, runs up andshoves Norwood to the ground. The shove leads to a benches-clearing fight whereplayers get involved, and multiple punches are thrown.

"This type ofbehavior sets a bad example for our student-athletes and most of all for ourfans as well. I deeply regret that this has happened," Norwood added.

UCA Athletic Director Brad Teague released a statement Thursday,in part stating:

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

Alsoincluded in the UCA release, is that under NCAA guidelines, three players andan assistant coach for UCA and four players for UALR drew suspensions.

UCA'ssuspensions included eight games for sophomore Matt Anderson, four games for juniorNate Ferrell, sophomore Brandon Montalvo and assistant coach Trent Kline.

UALRhad three players that drew four-game suspensions and one with an eight-gamesuspension, according to the release. UALR had not confirmed which players weresuspended at the time of this story.

TheTrojans will host the Bears on April 23 in Little Rock.