Auburn baseball player’s mom: Tennessee fans behavior ‘classless & down right embarrassing’

Hayden Mullins’ mom, Rachel, posted a Facebook message Monday, describing her family’s “hearts are broken and embarrassed” by the way Tennessee Volunteer fans treated Auburn baseball fans and the way they reacted to her son’s injury during a three-game set over the weekend.

Auburn lost to No. 1 Tennessee 17-4 on Friday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Hayden Mullins took the mound for the Tigers, but he left the game in the second inning with an injury to his throwing arm.

She said she would never forgive Tennessee fans for their treatment.

Later in the seventh inning, closer Blake Burkhalter had his left leg tended to by a trainer.

“I knew this past weekend’s series would be the toughest of the year for many reasons but as a family full of TN fans and alumni our hearts are broken and embarrassed,” her post started. “We wanted our Auburn baseball family to see why we love the state of Tennessee and the Vols…but what they witness this weekend and how we were treated just because we wore Auburn on our shirts was uncalled for, classless & down right embarrassing. As the mother of an athlete, I ask that if you are reading this, you really think hard before you speak ill will toward the kids on the field.

“I will never forgive the TN Baseball fan base for cheering when Hayden and Blake went down with injuries on Friday and the things we heard from the stands. We’ve been to almost all of the SEC baseball facilities over the past 3 years and will rank Lindsey Nelson (Stadium) at the top for how poorly we were treated because we were the opposing team (including the staff).

“To our TN Vols friends and family that made the trip to see Hayden pitch we say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. … I’m going to turn the page on this weekend and be thankful that we got to see all of you …thanks for supporting our Auburn Tiger.”

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The Auburn-Tennessee series added some fireworks during No. 19 Auburn’s 8-6 win on Saturday night.

Bobby Peirce slugged a three-run homer in the ninth inning off Redmond Walsh to hand the Vols their second SEC loss in 19 games.

The home run came with a bat flip. That bat got a little too close to the Tennessee dugout, and the Vols didn’t take too kindly to the gesture. Tony Vitello picked up the bat and hurled it toward home plate where Tigers were waiting for their teammates to cross.

Tempers flared up and words were exchanged before calm was restored.

Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.

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