Yavapai College baseball player suspended for 'cheap shot'

PRESCOTT, AZ - It's being called the worst cheap shot you'll ever see in baseball.

Based on the footage, it's easy to understand the reason why.

The video of the incident was taken in Prescott back on March 29th.

The Yavapai College baseball team is hosting Scottsdale Community College.

The video clip begins in the bottom of the ninth inning and SCC is at the plate.

The batter lays down a bunt along the first base line but it's unclear what happens because the runner goes out of frame.

It appears that words are exchanged and the benches clear.

The runner at second base, however, doesn't leave his position and watches the action unfolding in front of him while standing on second base.

Unbeknownst to him a Yavapai College left fielder, identified as Austin O'Such, comes out of nowhere and completely blindsides him.

Seen again in slow motion, O'Such is seen running right through the baserunner.

The baserunner stays down for several minutes but eventually is able to get back on his feet.

Yavapai College posted the following a statement on its website:

Yavapai College and the Athletic Department aspire to the ideals of good sportsmanship and fair play. In no way do we condone the behavior as recorded in the video, which occurred on March 29, 2012 at the Yavapai versus Scottsdale Community College baseball game. The YC player involved was immediately suspended by the college and will be suspended from play for the rest of the season. The college has implemented this action and will continue to work with the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) on current and future sanctions following conference procedures. Per conference rules team members from both teams involved in the on field incident have already served their suspensions

 

Yavapai College Athletic Director Scott Farnsworth said the school has received numerous emails and voicemails about the incident and some messages have contained death threats against O'Such.

O'Such is taking online classes and plans to transfer to a California school at the end of the semester.

Farnsworth said the threats are being investigated by campus police.

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