Florida Advanced To The College World Series By Stealing Home And Hitting A Game-Winning Dinger Off An Auburn Outfielder's Glove
The two plays above are most definitely noteworthy enough to be referenced separately, as one was a timely act of trickery and the other was simply a mistake, but it's the summation of them that is going to haunt Auburn for the foreseeable future. I would argue there's a cap to be tipped to both the ballsy base running and the outfield effort that went awry, but there's nothing the Tigers could possibly be told that make them feel any better about losing on a stolen run and a self-inflicted walk-off. Just like the hand that laser of a game-winning home run careened off of, that loss is going to sting for a while.
The pitcher, in all likelihood, will blame himself, even though it would take a whole dormitory worth of Adderall dosing to keep his full focus on the runner at third while there was a runner swimming in the sand in his periphery. The outfielder, who it bears mentioning is a recently converted catcher, will probably blame himself, even though the visual of his detrimental defense is worse than his execution of it on a ball that was absolutely crushed. The truth is, Auburn would have been hurting no matter how they lost to the #1 seed with a College World Series appearance on the line, but these particular circumstances really played matchmaker between the salt and the wound. A great game that went extras, and an obvious "what if" or two is all they are going to be able to lament on heading into the offseason. So, next you find yourself praying to the sports' gods, keep in mind that they have a tendency to be quite sadistic.