Auburn baseball player’s mother: ‘Classless and truly embarrassing’ Tennessee fan behavior

Hayden Mullins’ mother, Rachel, posted a message on Facebook Monday, describing her family’s “broken and embarrassed hearts” over the way Tennessee Volunteer fans treated Auburn baseball fans and the way they reacted to his son’s injury in a three-game game over the weekend.

Auburn lost to No. 1 Tennessee 17-4 Friday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Hayden Mullins took the mound for the Tigers, but he left the game in the second inning with a pitching arm injury.

She said she would never forgive the Tennessee fans for their treatment.

Later in the seventh inning, closer Blake Burkhalter had his left leg treated by a trainer.

“I knew last weekend’s series would be the toughest of the year for so many reasons, but as a family full of TN fans and alumni, our hearts are broken and embarrassed.” she started. “We wanted our Auburn baseball family to see why we love Tennessee State and the Vols…but what they witnessed this weekend and how we were treated just because we wore Auburn on our shirts were unwarranted, classless and downright embarrassing. As the mother of an athlete, I ask that if you are reading this, you think twice before speaking of ill will towards children on the field.

“I will never forgive TN Baseball fans for cheering when Hayden and Blake went down with injuries on Friday and the things we heard in the stands. We have visited almost every SEC baseball facility over the past 3 years and will rank Lindsey Nelson (Stadium) at the top for how badly we were treated for being the opposing team (including staff ).

“To our TN Vols friends and family who made the trip to see Hayden pitch, we say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. … I will turn the page this weekend and be grateful that we got to see you all … thank you for supporting our Auburn Tiger.


The Auburn-Tennessee series added some fireworks in No. 19 Auburn’s 8-6 victory on Saturday night.

Bobby Peirce hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning against Redmond Walsh to hand the Vols their second SEC loss in 19 games.

The home run came with a bat flip. This bat got a little too close to the Tennessee dugout, and the Vols didn’t like the gesture too much. Tony Vitello picked up the bat and threw it toward home plate where the Tigers were waiting for their teammates to cross.

Tempers flared and words were exchanged before calm was restored.

Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.