Tyler Horne’s baseball career at Tennessee is apparently over, following a disagreement with coach Todd Raleigh earlier this week.
Horne, a junior third baseman, and Raleigh both confirmed the incident that took place on Tuesday night in UT’s 5-4 win at Middle Tennessee State.
“I don’t want to say anything derogatory toward Coach Raleigh,’’ Horne said Friday.
“The coaching staff in general has been great to me. Coach Raleigh and I just don’t see eye to eye.’’
The incident occurred after Horne struck out to end the Vols’ first at-bat. The ball got past the catcher but Horne said he didn’t see it and didn’t try to run out the play to first base.
“An honest mistake,’’ he said.
Raleigh said after an animated confrontation, he told Horne to leave the dugout and go to the bus. Mike Corn, director of baseball operations, then drove Horne to the team hotel in Nashville.
Raleigh said he intended to have a UT staff member drive Horne back to Knoxville on Wednesday morning — the team was staying for the series at Vanderbilt. Horne, however, arranged a flight from Nashville to Knoxville and left on his own.
“He’s not a bad kid,’’ Raleigh said, adding that he was willing to help Horne toward getting drafted.
Horne said he plans to finish his degree at UT next spring and possibly work in the Knoxville area.
A transfer from Shelton State Community College, Horne batted .299 and hit 10 home runs. He started 37 games.