- Aug 30, 2011
If the game is 1-0 in the 9th, then of course you would bunt against a no-hit performance -- not to spoil the no-hitter but to win the game. One run in that game is critical. And I hope no one would think that violates any rule, written or unwritten. On the other hand, if the score is 8-0 and the only reason to bunt is to spoil the no-hitter, then that is at least stupid and probably unsportsmanlike. It is also irrational, because if you are down by 8 runs in the 9th, you cannot be sacrificing outs, as you might if it was critical to score a single run. The same thing applies to stealing bases or dropping down sacrifice bunts late in the game when the score is lopsided -- it is irrational and probably driven by a player's desire to enhance individual statistics.not a fan of trapping at that point in the game, either, but, since you mentioned it, most baseball people have no problem with bunting to break up a no-hitter.
In the basketball game, if UCF were down by 2 points in the last minute, then of course they might trap even if they had never done it before -- and I'm sure Geno would not complain about it. They certainly would do that if Kyla came into the game. In a close game, however, the only way Kyla would enter is if there were an injury or a foul-out by a starting player.