Cory Acton’s “Superman” diving catch defied gravity and wowed everyone in Gainesville. Hannah Adams’ off-balance throw kept Florida’s no-hitter alive in the NCAA Tournament. Cheyenne Lindsey’s cannon throw ignited a double play that possibly saved UF softball’s season.
And that was all this month.
Florida third baseman Kirby McMullen added to that growing list of web gems with a spectacular over-the-wall foul ball catch against Arkansas.
Kirby McMullen’s Over-The-Wall Foul Catch
Florida may have been swept by No. 1 Arkansas in Fayetteville over the weekend to capture the Razorbacks’ SEC regular season title, but senior third baseman Kirby McMullen made the greatest play of the series on Friday.
The Gators jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. In the bottom half, Arkansas infielder Matt Goodheart popped a ball up in foul territory near the stands.
McMullen sprinted toward the seats while looking up behind him and full-on stretched out over the wall into a sea of Arkansas red to make the catch. He then fist pumped as hard as one can.
Even some Razorback fans had to give him some love after that catch. I’m surprised we didn’t have a Steve Bartman incident in the stands.
Unfortunately, the catch didn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. Florida went on to lose the game, 3-4, on Charlie Welch’s walk-off double to take home the SEC crown.
The Gators quickly rebounded and won the first two games against Kentucky and Mississippi State of the SEC Tournament after the weekend series.
Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan is going to need strong defense if he wants to win the tournament and punch a ticket to Omaha this year for the College World Series.
Luckily, he’s got McMullen manning the hot corner.