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A Texas junior college pitcher is facing possible expulsion from school for leveling an opposing baserunner after giving up a home run.

The incident happened Wednesday as Weatherford College hosted North Central Texas College.

Video posted online showed North Central Texas College player Josh Phillips rounding third in the sixth inning. Weatherford pitcher Owen Woodward then sprints over and collides with him, sending both players crashing to the ground.

Weatherford pitcher Owen Woodward

Weatherford pitcher Owen Woodward

North Central Texas College player Josh Phillips

North Central Texas College player Josh Phillips

North Central Texas College player Josh Phillips (right) was tackled by Weatherford pitcher Owen Woodward (left) after homering in the sixth inning during Wednesday’s game 

Video posted online showed North Central Texas College player Josh Phillips rounding third in the sixth inning. Weatherford pitcher Owen Woodward then sprints over and collides with him, sending both players crashing to the ground

Video posted online showed North Central Texas College player Josh Phillips rounding third in the sixth inning. Weatherford pitcher Owen Woodward then sprints over and collides with him, sending both players crashing to the ground

Video posted online showed North Central Texas College player Josh Phillips rounding third in the sixth inning. Weatherford pitcher Owen Woodward then sprints over and collides with him, sending both players crashing to the ground

Josh Phillips is pictured heading to third after homering as pitcher Owen Woodward steps off the mound

Josh Phillips is pictured heading to third after homering as pitcher Owen Woodward steps off the mound

Woodward tackles Phillips, nearly sparking a brawl

Woodward tackles Phillips, nearly sparking a brawl

(Left) Josh Phillips is pictured heading to third after homering as pitcher Owen Woodward steps off the mound. (Right) Woodward tackles Phillips, nearly sparking a brawl

The two players were separated, but umpires decided to suspend the game in the sixth inning

The two players were separated, but umpires decided to suspend the game in the sixth inning

The two players were separated, but umpires decided to suspend the game in the sixth inning

It was not immediately clear what prompted the attack. The game was suspended.

Weatherford school officials said the incident would be investigated and Woodward could possibly be expelled. School officials said the Weatherford police department also was investigating.

‘We are shocked and disappointed at what happened in our game today,’ Weatherford coach Jeff Lightfoot said after the game. 

‘We do not condone this type of behavior. We have worked hard to build a program with the highest of standards. We are completely embarrassed by this incident, and we apologize to North Central Texas College and the fans of WC baseball. This type of behavior cannot be tolerated.’

The teams were scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday.

Weatherford College released its own statement after the incident. 

‘In a baseball game Wednesday, April 20, at Weatherford College, a WC pitcher charged a North Central Texas College baserunner,’ the statement began. ‘After the incident, the umpires suspended the game until further notice.

‘Weatherford College is investigating the incident. The WC student in question will face potential disciplinary action from the Office of Student Services up to and possibly including expulsion. The Weatherford College Police Department is also investigating the incident and has taken statements.’

A campus police spokesperson did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for further information.  

Source: Daily Mail

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