A controversial play at the plate occurred early during South Carolina’s elimination game against Rhode Island, and it could hold ramifications for the Gamecocks beyond Sunday’s contest.
Third baseman Jonah Bride was ejected in the first inning of Sunday’s game after attempting to bowl over the Rams catcher during a play at the plate. Bride collided with the URI catcher, instead of sliding, and was immediately ejected by the home plate umpire.
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South Carolina will have to beat the Rams for any extra discipline to matter. The only way Bride could be suspended further is if the umpires ruled there was misconduct in addition to the collision, Matt Connolly of The State reports, and that won’t be known until after the game vs. the Rams ends. If the Gamecocks defeat URI, they would play UNCW in a Sunday night cap.