Tennessee, Arkansas baseball coaches have heated exchange after series finale

Andrew Olson | 2 months ago

It’s still the regular season but this weekend’s Arkansas-Tennessee series in Knoxville had the intensity of a Super Regional with Omaha on the line. No. 1 Arkansas managed to win the series with a 3-2 victory in Sunday’s rubber game. All three contests were one-run decisions with Arkansas overcoming a 5-0 first-inning deficit to win the opener 6-5 and No. 4 Tennessee winning Game 2 8-7 on a walk-off home run.

Baseball fans and media members everywhere were surprised by what happened after the final out of the weekend as Dave Van Horn and Tony Vitello, a former DVH assistant, had a heated exchange.

Emily Proud and Trey Wallace captured clips of the initial exchange:

The coaches then spoke to their team huddles. After that, they had a one-on-one conversation. Ben McKee captured that conversation, noting it did not end in a handshake:

Vitello declined to go into detail after the game, per Wes Rucker:

With the way these two teams are playing, it’s possible the Vols and Hogs aren’t done dueling on the diamond and could meet again in the postseason.


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