Report: 7 players, coach in Trojans-Bears brawl suspended

A brawl during the 10th inning of Wednesday’s Arkansas-Little Rock at Central Arkansas baseball game has resulted in the suspensions of three players and an assistant coach for Central Arkansas and four UALR players, according to a report.

Little Rock TV station KATV, citing a release from UCA, reported that sophomores Matt Anderson and Brandon Montalvo, junior Nate Ferrell and assistant coach Trent Kline will miss multiple games for their roles in the fight. Anderson is suspended for eight games, and Ferrell, Montalvo and Kline each will miss four games, the station reported.

Neither university posted a news release about the brawl on its website as of Thursday evening, although a game report on made mention of both head coaches being ejected in the 10th inning. According to KATV, UCA’s release indicated that three UALR players each drew four-game suspensions and another Trojan drew an eight-game ban. It was not confirmed which players are so penalized.

Video aired on KATV revealed that the brawl escalated after Kline shoved UALR head coach Scott Norwood after Norwood and UCA head coach Allen Gum made contact while seemingly arguing a call.

UCA won the game, 5-4 in 11 innings, after the UALR center fielder dropped a fly ball from Ferrell to allow Tyler Langley to score.

The teams are scheduled to play again April 23 in Little Rock.