Coaches mum on post-game exchange
Published: Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 13, 2011 at 12:19 a.m.
There were plenty of subplots throughout the NCAA Gainesville Super Regional series between Florida and Mississippi State.
And when it was over, plenty of tensions remained.
Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan and Mississippi State coach John Cohen had a heated exchange following UF's 8-6 win over the Bulldogs at McKethan Stadium.
Neither O'Sullivan or Cohen chose to elaborate on what was said shortly after the game ended.
“Both teams battled for three hours today and everybody's emotions are riding high,” O'Sullivan said. “I really have no comment. There are so many positive things that happened in the ballgame. I would hate to have that one incident be the main focus of the game. Both teams played great, both teams battled hard. I don't see it as the main focal point in the game.”
Said Cohen: “I'm not going to comment on that. I thought there were two great teams competing their hearts out. Sometimes things happen but it's all forgotten in the end. That's what competing is all about it.”
There was a play in the top of the ninth that created some controversy. When Mississippi State designated hitter Cody Freeman popped up in foul territory, both Florida catcher Mike Zunino and first baseman Vickash Ramjit gave chase. Ramjit's foot tangled with the foot of Mississippi State first base coach Nick Mingione and Ramjit tripped.
Ramjit charged toward Mingione because he thought Mingione had tripped him on purpose. O'Sullivan came out of the dugout to hold Ramjit back.
Replays showed that Mingione was walking toward the foul ball when his foot tangled with Ramjit. Cohen, who was in the first base dugout, said he didn't have a clear look at the play.
“I'm doing what everyone else in the world is doing, I'm looking at the baseball,” Cohen said. “That was my immediate look. You'd have to see the film.”