This is the third in a five-part blog series leading up to the start of the College World Series on Saturday. These are the top five most clutch defensive plays by LSU this season, according to us anyway. While the Tigers offense and pitching led the SEC this year and got much of the praise, its defense has shined in the clutch.
When: April 30, Game 1 at Mississippi State
Setting The Scene: It’s the bottom of the 11th inning with the game tied at 3. Zac Person walked back-to-back batters – Jacob Robson and Brent Rooker – with one out.
The Play: Ryan Gridley took Person’s 0-1 pitch into left field, a line drive single that looked as if it would score Robson from second. LF Jake Fraley hummed the ball from short left field back to the plate – a one-hopper that came directly to an awaiting Kade Scivicque. He tagged Robson for the easy out.
Result: LSU beat Mississippi State 5-3 in 14 innings.
The Quote: “I got a good hop into the glove, and, thank the Lord, it ended up being a great bounce to Scivicque. It’s a blessing.” – Jake Fraley
In The Clutch Countdown
No. 5: Andrew Stevenson’s game-saving throw to the plate
No. 4: The historic 5-2-3 double play at Arkansas
No. 3: Beau Jordan’s catch and double play at Bama
No. 2: Jake Fraley’s game-saving throw to the plate at MSU
No. 1: ? (Friday)