Beckel to serve 4-game suspension for ejection
Texas Tech pitcher Brandon Beckel will serve an automatic four-game suspension for his ejection from the Texas Tech-Oklahoma State baseball series finale Sunday at Dan Law Field/Rip Griffin Park.
The junior righthander from San Antonio Antonian was ejected after he struck out Cowboys right fielder Carson Benge to end the top of the sixth inning.
Big 12 spokesman David Waxman said Wednesday in an email to the Avalanche-Journal that Beckel was ejected under a portion of the NCAA baseball rulebook that covers unsportsmanlike conduct.
"Per NCAA Baseball Playing Rule 2-26-e, an ejection of a pitcher carries a four game suspension," Waxman wrote. "This is not a suspension handed down by the Big 12 Conference, but by NCAA rule. It is not able to be appealed by any entity, including Beckel, Texas Tech and the Big 12 Conference."
Beckel is 3-0 with a 0.64 earned-run average this season covering seven appearances, all in relief. In 14 innings, he's struck out 19 batters, walked six and allowed nine hits. He's holding opponents to a .164 batting average.
The suspension makes Beckel unavailable for No. 14 Tech's three-game series Friday, Saturday and Sunday against Texas in Austin, as well as a Tuesday game at New Mexico.
Tech coach Tim Tadlock initially declined to answer questions about the incident after the game.
"I'll say this: Baseball, college baseball's supposed to be played with some emotion," Tadlock said. "And big-league baseball, when it's played with it, is really fun to watch. And so, kid played with a little emotion.
"The unfortunate part was, there was a warning earlier in the game, and it was at a much milder time in the game, quite honestly."
Texas Tech freshman Damian Bravo was named the John Olerud two-way player of the week by the National College Baseball Hall of Fame for his performance in last week's games.
The freshman pitcher and outfielder from Haltom hit three home runs, including a grand slam, in games against Texas-Arlington and Oklahoma State. He drove in seven runs. He also pitched a scoreless inning in a win against UTA.
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