LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette baseball coach Tony Robichaux will miss three more games after home-plate umpire Don Hudson said Robichaux made contact with him during an argument in Saturday’s 10-3 loss to Texas State.
Hudson filed a report with Tony Thompson, the Sun Belt Conference’s coordinator of baseball umpires, late Saturday night, noting a “bump” while Robichaux was arguing Hudson’s overrule of a call at first base. Rule 5, Section 16 in the NCAA baseball rulebook mandates a four-game suspension for contact with an umpire.
Robichaux sat out Sunday’s series finale with Texas State. He will miss games against Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday and Wednesday and a Sun Belt matchup Friday at Arkansas State.
“It is what it is — whatever they tell me the suspension is,” Robichaux said Monday. “We’ll look at the report and make sure it’s accurate and it matches up with what (Hudson) said. We have video, so we’ll take a look at that. The rule is there. If you do make incidental contact, you get the games. It’s to stop coaches from accosting umpires, and I haven’t done that in 29 years.”
The incident occurred in the fourth inning Saturday when Texas State third baseman Trey Hicks was called out on a close play at first base. UL-Lafayette first baseman Chase Compton had to stretch for a wide throw from third baseman Ryan Leonards. First-base umpire Roger Faulks made an emphatic “out” call, ruling Compton’s foot remained on the bag for the third out.
Texas State coach Ty Harrington disputed the call and, after an umpire meeting, Hudson overruled Faulks and said Compton’s foot left the bag, giving Hicks a hit and allowing a run to score.
Replays showed Compton’s foot leaving the bag just after the throw’s arrival. They also showed no “bumps” between Robichaux and Hudson but were inconclusive on whether the two made any contact.
Robichaux admitted his arm grazed Hudson’s arm as he raised his hand to point toward first base. Hudson immediately pointed at his arm and made the ejection.
Under NCAA rules, an ejection and four-game suspension is the punishment for a first offense. A second offense in the same season yields a five-game ban, and a third disqualifies the individual for the rest of the season, including the postseason.
UL-Lafayette officials were awaiting Hudson’s report Monday and said no decision on an appeal would be made until it was received. Robichaux said he wasn’t sure whether there even is an appeal procedure; section (h) of the rule states, “There shall be no appeal of the penalty.”
“I just don’t know who disciplines (the umpire) for the game he had,” Robichaux said. “I know I get disciplined, but who disciplines him? He gets to go back to work Monday; I don’t get to go to work for four games.”