Ben Johnson’s suspension for Sunday’s ejection has been set for one game.
That’s a relief for Texas, as Johnson, the team’s best player, will not miss any Big 12 competitions. Instead, he’ll sit out the final home game of the season against Texas State on Tuesday.
Johnson got tossed in the eighth inning of a 5-1 loss to Texas Tech for arguing balls and strikes. On a 3-1 count, he took off for first base after Matt Custred’s offering appeared to be outside. But plate umpire Gus Rodriguez called it a strike and then rung up Johnson on a low breaking ball. Johnson screamed at Rodriguez and was ejected.
After the game, Longhorns coach Augie Garrido expressed concern that Johnson’s suspension might linger longer than one game. Texas (24-24, 9-12) is off this weekend before wrapping up the regular season May 16-17.
With Johnson out of the line up, Taylor Stell is likely to start in the outfield.
Johnson (.356) is fifth in the Big 12 in hitting.