NCAA wags finger at Florida Gators softball

By Adam Silverstein
October 14, 2011

The NCAA on Friday publicly reprimanded Florida Gators softball head coach Tim Walton and former outfielder Kelsey Bruder for voicing their displeasure about the officiating following the first game of the 2011 Women’s College World Series Championship Series against the Arizona State Sun Devils.

The NCAA said Walton and Bruder violated the organization’s sportsmanship policy on June 6 when the coach and player criticized home plate umpire Chris Drumm for being inconsistent on balls and strikes during Florida’s at bats and failing to correctly call a hit by pitch in the first inning of the series’ first game.

UF had their eyes on Drumm the whole game because they felt she had made similar inconsistent and questionable calls in the Gators’ second-round contest against the Sun Devils three days earlier. Arizona State won that game 6-5, sending Florida into the elimination round where they had to win three-straight games just to qualify for the championship series. UF won those games by a combined score of 30-6.

The Sun Devils swept the Gators in consecutive games (14-4, 7-2) to win the title.


  1. SB says:

    I was almost embarrassed at how much I was screaming at my TV during both those games. Should have seen my wife’s face when she walked in and realized I was going ballistic over softball.

  2. g8ter27 says:

    Well they should have been bad mouthing Drumm because she made terrible calls against us in that game. I felt like she was a Sun Devil grad. Seaking of terrible, I was in St. Aug at the beach the other day and what did I see in a bikini…Chris Drumm……hot!

  3. SC_Gator says:

    What the NCAA can do with their reprimand simply isn’t publishable in polite society.

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