What Tennessee baseball said about Drew Gilbert, Frank Anderson ejections

Tony Vitello talked with his Tennessee baseball team twice Thursday about the emotions that would be present in the super regional against Notre Dame.

Then a worst-case scenario unfolded in front of Vitello’s eyes in the fifth inning Friday.

Center fielder Drew Gilbert spun toward home-plate umpire Kellen Levy, irate with a strike call and unleashed a string of choice words at Levy and was ejected.

“He let it spill over a little bit there,” Vitello said. “That is at their discretion what is and what isn’t (ejection-worthy). I sure enjoy competing with him and would like to do it again. You can’t take it back.”

Gilbert, Tennessee’s heart and soul, will miss Saturday’s game against the Fighting Irish as the Vols play to keep their season alive. UT lost 8-6 to Notre Dame. The Vols have to win back-to-back games to advance to the College World Series.

They’ll have to do it without Gilbert and pitching coach Frank Anderson, who was ejected after Gilbert.

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