Fresno State has been reprimanded by the Western Athletic Conference and Bulldogs coach Mike Batesole has been suspended for two games for a benches-clearing incident against Indiana last week.
With the Bulldogs trailing 8-0 in the eighth inning, Fresno freshman pitcher Jake Floethe hit Indiana’s Josh Phegley after the Hoosiers had gone from first to third on a single. Indiana coach Tracy Smith told the Fresno Bee after the game that he heard the Fresno dugout instruct Floethe to throw at Phegley, though Batesole denied it. The two coaches got into a heated face to face altercation that caused both benches to clear. All reserves from both teams were ejected.
Batesole said in a statement that he respected the WAC’s decision and will serve the suspension.
"I felt that the umpires on the field, and subsequently the WAC office, handled this matter in an appropriate manner," he said. "Ultimately, it’s the responsibility of the head coach when it comes to the actions of his team. I think the situation could have been worse. It’s important to note that no punches were thrown and the disagreement was properly disbanded quickly. We do not condone players leaving the dugout and I am pleased that cooler heads prevailed and handled a potentially explosive situation very well."
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