CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Virginia head baseball coach Brian O’Connor has been suspended for four games following his ejection in the eighth inning Friday at Virginia Tech.
After making unintentional contact with home-plate umpire Craig Barron, O’Connor is required to serve a four-game suspension, which is mandated by NCAA Baseball Playing Rule 5, section 16-b. The rule dictates that if a coach is ejected for making physical contact with an umpire, the automatic first offense penalty is a four-game suspension.
“I want to apologize for my actions during Friday’s game,” O’Connor said. “I understand this calls for an automatic four-game suspension and I accept the consequences of my actions. I know the rule and had no intent to touch the umpire during our interaction. As the head coach, I have worked hard to set a high standard when it comes to sportsmanship and I did not do that during the game. All I can do is work to be a better coach and example to our players moving forward. Again, I want to apologize to the umpiring crew, my team and our fans for this inappropriate display.”
Virginia will have no further comment regarding the suspension.