Fortunate bounce results in unreal diving catch by Missouri Tigers left fielder

There are moments in sports activities when luck is best than ability. 

Missouri Tigers outfielder Cam Chick skilled a substantial amount of luck Friday night time towards the Florida Gators. 

A picture of a Florida Gators baseball

An in depth view of a Florida Gators baseball earlier than a recreation between the Florida Gators and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats at Condron Household Ballpark on April 4, 2023, in Gainesville, Florida. (James Gilbert/Getty Photographs)

Within the backside of the third inning, Florida third baseball Colby Halter was on the plate towards Missouri right-hander Chandler Murphy. 


Halter lifted a ball to left discipline, the place Chick made a diving play, someway winding up with the ball in his glove.

Whereas the Tigers skilled some success within the third inning, luck was not on their facet for all the recreation, dropping to No. 4 Florida 11-1 by run rule in seven innings. 

Florida starter Brandon Sproat went seven innings, permitting only one run on two hits. 

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The Missouri Tigers’ emblem. (Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire through Getty Photographs)

“I feel which will have been one of the crucial full video games we have performed all 12 months lengthy,” Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan mentioned, per the Gators web site. “I mentioned on the finish of the sport, when Brandon can go seven as a substitute of six, despite the fact that it is simply three extra outs and another inning, and when Hurston [Waldrep] can do this, that basically helps our bullpen. That actually shortens the sport. I believed he was touchdown his breaking ball nearly as good as he had all 12 months lengthy for strikes. His changeup was actually good. He was actually good tonight.”


The Gators jumped everywhere in the Tigers within the second inning, scoring six runs on two dwelling runs within the backside half. 

Kevin O'Sullivan speaks to his players

Head Coach Kevin O’Sullivan of the Florida Gators speaks to his workforce after a recreation towards the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats at Condron Household Ballpark on April 4, 2023, in Gainesville, Florida.  (James Gilbert/Getty Photographs)

Florida launched for dwelling runs on the night time. 

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“Clearly, offensively, the three-run homer by Tyler [Shelnut] within the second and Jac’s [Caglianone] three-run homer to construct a six-to-nothing lead was huge for us, and we did not make any errors, both,” O’Sullivan mentioned. “We obtained it finished. I do know you guys are happy with video games that final underneath two hours, nevertheless it was an entire recreation for us.”

Florida and Missouri continued their three-game collection on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Peter Johnson