Tennessee baseball's Jordan Beck sent one-fingered message to Georgia Tech in ninth-inning rally

Chris Thomas
Knoxville News Sentinel
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It took Jordan Beck and Tennessee baseball until the ninth inning to sink Georgia Tech and win the Knoxville Regional on Sunday.

But when Beck's line drive sailed over the head of Georgia Tech center fielder Colin Hall, bringing in the tying run and helping to spark a ninth-inning rally at Lindsey Nelson Stadium, Beck held up his middle finger on his right hand as he rounded first base for a double. 

He wasn't just saying the Vols are ranked No. 1. 

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Beck's one-fingered salute was the crescendo on top-ranked Tennessee's 9-6 victory that clinched the Vols' second straight super regional berth. 

“I was super excited," Beck said of the hit. "I had a little bit of a blackout moment. I was just happy I hit a flush barrel. I didn’t know if it was getting over the guy’s head or not.”

Here's a replay of Beck's celebration. 

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Tennessee trailed 4-3 entering the inning before scoring five runs and holding on for the victory in the bottom of the ninth. Georgia Tech loaded the bases before reliever Redmond Walsh caught Carter Hall looking for the final strikeout. 

It wasn't immediately clear whether Beck would be punished for the middle finger, but there is precedent for it happening — and not happening. 

Tennessee outfielder Jordan Beck scores a run in UT's game against Kentucky at Kentucky Proud Park on Friday, May 6.

In 2014, a UConn women's soccer player was suspended for flipping off an ESPNU camera, leading to a wild legal battle that concluded in 2020.

In 2017, Tennessee football player Rashaan Gaulden flipped off Alabama fans in a loss at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Gaulden was not suspended. 

Chris Thomas is the South Region sports director of the USA Today Network. Contact him at cdthomas@gannett.com or follow him on Twitter @bychristhomas.

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