Florida Southern has been one of the best powers in D2 Baseball throughout the 2018 season, appearing near the tops of polls and handling their business quite well in the toughest conference in the nation.
But even tougher than the Sunshine State Conference slate that they play nearly every week is the South Region in which they share with conference foes and other national powers that are itching for a title shot.
In the midst of an NCAA Regional run, the Mocs were taking on arch-rival Tampa with a potential berth in the Regional Finals on the line.
With a 4-2 in the top of the ninth inning and Tampa having the top of the lineup coming to the plate, FSC was in locked in a high-pressure situation with just three outs to go.
Staff ace J.T. Hintzen remained on the bump looking to lock down his 13th win of the season after allowing just two runs on the day and limiting opponents to three hits. But to lead off the inning, Tampa right fielder Nick DeTringo – who had already sent one over the fence earlier in the game – blasted another ball from the FSC starter towards left field that seemed certain to leave the yard.
Ranging back to see if he had a chance at bringing the ball down for an out, an Angels In The Outfield scenario appeared with the sophomore leaping as though he was preparing for an NBA Dunk Contest.
Coming down with the ball after committing highway robbery of a sure run, the Florida native secured the first out in an eventual 4-2 win for the Mocassins who will now play Tampa with a chance to advance to the D2 World Series in Cary, NC.
Take a look at the full play below, and also see if you think it is better than the catch Noah Bland of Ohio Dominican made by looking here.
— Frank Rawdow (@FrankRawdow) May 22, 2018