In the early session of Friday’s College World Series action, Oregon State was thoroughly robbed in the bottom of the third, after scoring a run to bring the score to 2-1, advantage LSU. Beavers center fielder Steven Kwan then raked a looper to deep left, and it struck the yellow foul line, which technically makes that a fair ball.
In the evening session between Florida and TCU, then, the Gators trailed, 2-1, in the bottom of the third, but came back to tie the game thanks to a strong Dalton Guthrie offering into extreme left. Like, EXTREME left. So extreme left that this ball strikes the left field fence directly on the yellow exactly one foot above where Kwan had hit his ball earlier in the afternoon.
That ended Roberts’ outing, and hurler Colin Peluse was called in to mop up what was left. Peluse walked the first batter he faced, then Ryan Larson stepped to the plate in his first game back after taking a pitch to the head in the SEC tournament.
That’s Florida’s FIRST WALKOFF WIN OF THE SEASON. The Gators are more known for their pitching staff than their hitting prowess, scoring just enough runs with the help of their arms to be one of the best teams in the SEC. What do you do when the hero of the night tears ass off into center field? You chase him down, dammit.
Most college baseball mobs an internet sensation unto themselves take place somewhere in the infield. Not so for Ryan Larson and Florida, who range about before eventually petering out in dead center. Great job, guys.