There were two weird plays in Georgia Tech’s 5-2 win over Alabama in the NCAA regional at Russ Chandler Stadium on Saturday.
The first one wasn’t as weird as the second, but here goes:
Josh Rutledge hit a tailing fly ball in the fifth to right field that Chase Burnette thought he could catch. He tracked it to the wall, jumped, and the ball hit his glove and kept on going for the home run.
Burnette said he’s positive he was reaching over the fence when the ball ricocheted off him. In other words, he didn’t do a Jose Canseco and cause the ball to go over the fence by misplaying it.
The second play was just plain weird.
In the sixth inning, with runners on second and third, Thomas Nichols hit a hard shot to right field that was either going to barely clear the fence, or hit the top for a single or double. Instead, the ball hit OFF the top of the wall and bounced back into play, something that Tech coach Danny Hall said they occasionally see during batting practice.
Cole Leonida was at third trying to decide what to do. Because he wasn’t sure if Alabama right fielder Andrew Miller was going to catch the ball, he waited to tag. When he saw it clear he started to run. But Miller caught the carom, so he came back and tagged again thinking Nichols was out. The delay gave the Tide enough time to throw him out at home plate.
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