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Tensions flared Friday at Disharoon Park in the second inning of the nightcap of a doubleheader between the Virginia baseball team and No. 6 Louisville.

Coach Brian O’Connor emerged from the Cavaliers’ dugout after Louisville coach Dan McDonnell exchanged heated words with Virginia third base coach Kevin McMullan.

The incident stemmed from a sequence that began with runners on first and second. Cardinals right-hander Bobby Miller then fielded a bunt off the bat of second baseman Nic Kent and threw the ball to an unmanned third base.

A runner scored on the error. Louisville third baseman Alex Binelas had left the bag in pursuit of the ball, and McDonnell seemed to blame Miller’s confusing throw on unsportsmanlike prompting from McMullan.

McMullan denied the accusation, and both O’Connor and McDonnell returned to their respective dugouts.

"There was a discrepancy of what happened on the play​," O'Connor said. "I don't know for sure exactly what it was but certainly it calmed down. There were [some] differences in maybe some things that were said on the field. Past that, I don't really know."

A Louisville spokesperson did not respond to request for comment.  

Virginia scored three more runs by innings end, taking a 7-1 lead. The Cavaliers added another run in the third inning when right fielder Cayman Richardson homered to left center.

Louisville won the first game of the doubleheader, 15-7.

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