Tony Vitello discusses Auburn’s bat flip following Bobby Peirce’s home run

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No. 1 Tennessee (39-4, 18-2 SEC) lost to No. 21 Auburn (31-13, 12-8 SEC), 8-6, Saturday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

The game was tied 5-5 in the ninth inning when Bobby Peirce hit a three-run home run for Auburn.

Peirce flipped his bat after hitting the three-run home run. His bat rolled to Tennessee’s dugout. Vols’ head coach Tony Vitello picked up Peirce’s bat and tossed it in the direction of Auburn’s dugout.

Following the game, Vitello discussed the incident.

“The bat ended up in our dugout,” Vitello said. “If it was a true dugout, it would have went in the dugout, but instead it was resting on the net, so, I mean, someone’s got to get it.

“I grabbed it and threw it over there, and a lot of extra stuff happened after that, from our side and their side that maybe didn’t need to happen, but everybody’s trying to win. It’s the SEC.”