This is the fifth 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: June 1, NCAA Baton Rouge regional championship (G1)
Setting The Scene: Jared Poché walked UNC-Wilmington’s Gavin Stupienski to lead off the fourth inning. LSU led 2-0 with No. 4 hole hitter Luke Dunlap stepping to the plate to represent the tying run.
The Play: Dunlap hit a missile toward the right-center gap – a sure-fire RBI double or triple. Center fielder Andrew Stevenson, in one of the most improbable catches of his career, used the jets to track down the ball, fully diving for it. Stevenson quickly jumped off the ground and fired into Jared Foster who then threw to Chris Chinea to double off Stupienski.
Result: LSU beat UNC-Wilmington 2-0 to win the regional title
The Quote: “I can honestly say whatever ball is hit in the gaps, I think he’s going to catch every single ball that’s hit to him. It doesn’t surprise me he made a catch like that.” – OF 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: Andrew Stevenson’s run-saving catch and DP vs. UNCW