Over the past few weeks, the NCAA’s new HBP rule has come into play in multiple games. On Tuesday, enforcement of the rule resulted in the final out of a game between the University of Texas and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Under the new 2019 rule, a batter judged to have made an effort to intentionally be hit by a pitch shall not only be held at the plate, but should also be charged a strike. See page 2 of this rule change guide from the NCAA for details. All plays involving a HBP are subject to review, according to the guide.
Here is the play from Tuesday night:
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This rule also came up in a game between Army and LSU late last month. The home plate umpire again called a strike for violation of the rule. Close Call Sports conducted a full analysis of this example which is worth reading.
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