This weekend a college team overtook an opponent in an amazing play in the ninth inning. Not only did they manage to pull off a triple steal and execute a squeeze play, the team also broke a previous record for stolen bases.
Imagine this scenario: It's the top of the ninth inning, 2 outs, bases loaded, and a close game with the score being 5-4. The third base runner runs, steals home, while the two other baserunners successfully manage to also steal bases simultaneously.
This remarkable scenario is exactly what played out with Vanderbilt University vs. the University of Florida during Saturday's SEC Tournament game.
According to the Tennessean, the Commodores (Vanderbilt) managed not only the triple steal, where the third base runner swept right in before a pitch, but the team stole six bases in total in that half-inning, breaking a previous record of the most stolen bases.
“This is one of the craziest ones I’ve ever been a part of,” Anthony Gomez, the player who stole home, said. “But it shows what our season has been like. … There was never a ‘we’re down and out’ kind of mentality.”
Vanderbilt beat the Gators 8-6. This series of gutsy performances during the ninth inning helped push the team back into the SEC Tournament Championship.
The Commodores are seeking their first title since 2007, reported the Tennessean. The team lost their nine-game winning streak in a 3-0 loss today to Mississippi State. The Times Union reported Vanderbilt awaits their NCAA regional destination after starting the season 13-19.