“I don’t even think the umpire [Paul Rogers working second base in the four-man crew] was watching,” Mainieri said. “I was watching from the bench and I saw the whole thing develop. We tell our kids, when the pitcher isn’t on the mound, you’re supposed to be on the base. But he wasn’t a half step off the base. I can’t blame the kid. I thought it was obvious that he got back.”
LeMahiue said he saw Stevenson breaking toward him out of the corner of his eye and stepped back in contact with the bag before he was tagged.
Stevenson said he thought LeMahiue may have missed the bag when he tried to step back on.
LSU first base coach Javi Sanchez immediately charged toward Rogers and threw his hat to the dirt, prompting his ejection. Mainieri then came out from the dugout and argued for at least five minutes as the crowd consistently booed.