UCLA assistant softball coach Lisa Fernandez was ejected and subsequently suspended two games after bumping an umpire.
Fernandez was ejected from the Bruins' Women's College World Series win over Texas A&M after arguing a play at the plate. The Bruins need to win three more games, including one against top-seeded Florida, to advance to the WCWS final.
Bruins pitcher Rachel Garcia punctuated a five-run seventh inning with a two-run home run, capping a performance in the circle that surrendered just one run on three hits and sent ninth-seeded Texas A&M home.
Texas A&M, now eliminated after being outscored 16-2 in its two games at the WCWS, got on the board in the fourth inning on a Riley Sartain solo homer to cut the Aggie deficit to 3-1. Two doubles, a single and a two-run home run wound up being the damage in the end as the Aggies couldn't quite keep their opponents' bats quiet enough to rally in the bottom half. Then, in the second, Delaney Spaulding hit a double that scored two runs to bring their lead to 3-0. A&M was able to contain the UCLA offense in the top of the sixth.
With runners on the corners and one out in a 3-1 game in the sixth inning, freshman Bubba Nickles' attempt to steal created an opening for Maurice to bolt for home from third base. After getting ejected, Fernandez got up in Peterson's face and had to be separated from her. "Gabby had to alter her path and she completely went around and she hurt her face trying to be able to do that", UCLA head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez told ESPN's Laura Rutledge about the play after the game.
Per espnW.com, Fernandez argued a close play at the plate and bumped into the umpire in the process, leading to her ejection. The penalty for making contact with an official is a two-game suspension. Brianna Tautalafua, who went 3 for 4, added an RBI double before Garcia blasted a two-run home run deep into the left field bleachers.