BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU senior outfielder Beau Jordan is probably going to hear from the SEC league office pretty soon.
In the middle of a huge rally in the bottom of the fifth inning of a game Saturday, Jordan singled up the middle on a hit-and-run off Texas starter Chase Shugart. On his way to first, Jordan gestured to flip off Shugart, resulting in his immediate ejection.
Yeah Beau, that'll get you tossed pic.twitter.com/AwGbNNLga0
— PodKATT (@valleyshook) February 25, 2018
Jordan’s single came after LSU had come all the way back from a 5-0 deficit to tie the score at 5-5 in the fifth inning. Earlier in the game, Shugart hit Jordan with a pitch on his forearm.
Surprisingly, Shugart and Jordan are former teammates, as Mississippi State pitcher Kale Breaux tweeted Saturday night.
Beau, Bryce, Shugart, and I played travel ball throughout high school together lol. 2 crazy dudes in a competitive environment. Great people as well. https://t.co/eOyIu9RA4P
— Kale Breaux (@kale_breaux3) February 25, 2018
All four players grew up playing travel baseball together. The Jordan twins are from Lake Charles, La., Breaux is from neighboring Sulphur and Shugart is from Bridge City, Texas, which is just across the state border.
LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri argued the ejection, but he was ultimately overruled. Freshman Nick Webre pinch ran for Jordan and replaced him in left field.
After the game, Mainieri broke down his thoughts on the incident:
“Unfortunately the intensity got too high there with Beau,” Mainieri said. “He lost control of himself. Obviously he was baited. Yet at the same time he has to have a little bit more self control than that. He had a tremendous at-bat. It was a very important at-bat in the ballgame. But I just can’t condone him acting that way.
“I’ve already talked to him. He’s very remorseful about it. He feels like he let the team down and he’ll pay a penalty. Tomorrow he’ll be suspended from the game. That’s the rules. That’s an NCAA rule. It’s a shame. The other team’s pitcher when he struck Beau out the time before, they had a verbal exchange there and so Beau was pretty fired up to hit against him. He had a tremendous at-bat to get the hit up the middle, but you have to maintain your control. He didn’t. And he’ll learn from it.”
Bryce Jordan added the following about what he described as “the accident:”
“I didn’t really know what happened,” Bryce Jordan said. “It just kept the dugout up. We just kept feeding off that energy that we had before the accident. I wouldn’t say that it helped us at all, but we had the energy before it happened.”
Beau Jordan was not made available for comment.