South Carolina third base coach Sammy Esposito and strength and conditioning coach Billy Anderson have been suspended one game by the NCAA because they were ejected from Sunday’s win over Georgia. Both coaches will serve their suspensions in today’s home game against Presbyterian.
As USC swept Georgia on Sunday, Esposito and Anderson were tossed for their roles in a verbal spat between the teams after the fourth inning. The suspensions were the result of “personnel other than the head coach (being) ejected for disputing, arguing and unsportsmanlike conduct,” according to NCAA rules.
Southeastern Conference rules state that a player or coach ejected for the first time in a season receives a written warning. A second ejection results in a one-game suspension.
The Gamecocks finish regular season play this weekend at Mississippi State. It is an important series as USC tries to stay in the hunt for a top eight national seed in the NCAA tournament. The Gamecocks (37-14, 16-10) are No. 14 in the Baseball America top 25, while Mississippi State (37-15, 14-13) is No. 24 after losing two of three at Mississippi last weekend.