NCAA suspends Tony Vitello for multiple games after bumping umpire

Tennessee head baseball coach Tony Vitello and pitching coach Frank Anderson were ejected in the top of the first inning of Saturday’s game against Alabama.
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Published: Apr. 16, 2022 at 6:28 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 17, 2022 at 11:22 AM CDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The NCAA has suspended Tennessee head baseball coach Tony Vitello for four games after he bumped an umpire at Saturday’s baseball game. His suspension will start with Sunday’s series finale against Alabama.

Pitching coach Frank Anderson was also suspended and will serve a one-game suspension Sunday but can return for Tuesday’s midweek game against Bellarmine.

This comes after they were ejected in the top of the first inning of Saturday’s game against Alabama. Assistant coach Josh Elander will assume the duties of head coach in Vitello’s absence.

In the moments leading up to the ejections, Vols starting pitcher Chase Dollander took a line drive off of his left arm. The ball ricocheted to first baseman Luc Lipcius, who tagged up and ended the Tide’s half of the inning. Dollander fell to the turf in pain after the play and was helped off the field by training staff.

Frank Anderson was then seen talking to umpires - possibly arguing balls and strikes - before being ejected. Tony Vitello was already on the field checking on Dollander when he saw Anderson get ejected. Vitello quickly made his way from a few feet away to see why Anderson was ejected before Macias followed up with another ejection moments later.

Vitello took his hat off and approached Macias and bumped him in the stomach.

The University of Tennessee continues to wait for a response from the SEC on potential additional suspensions stemming from the incident. Tennessee and Alabama are set to play at 1:00 p.m. inside Lindsey Nelson Stadium Sunday.

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