Utica suspended for six games

More news about: Utica

Utica College suspended its baseball team for six games from March 25 to April 5 for what athletic director Dave Fontaine termed a “behavioral issue," as reported by Utica Observer Dispatch.

Several parents say the freshmen on the team wore children’s pajamas through the airport and onto the airplane during the team’s recent trip to play in a Florida tournament, according to the newspaper.

“Wherever the idea came from, whatever its intent, whatever the outcome – it’s all irrelevant,” Fontaine said. “I want this to be an educational moment, so that these student-athletes know how to conduct themselves and represent themselves and UC appropriately.”

The six games were part of the Pioneers non-confernce schedule between the end of their spring trip and the start of the Empire 8 slate. According to NCAA, a game that is forfeited before it is played is deemed a no-contest and does not count as a loss.

The Pioneers took the field April 7 for the first time after the suspension ended and dropped a doubleheader to St. John Fisher 4-1 and 13-1. Utica (1-10, 0-2) are scheduled to play Ithaca in a four-game series this weekend.