It took extra innings, and a timely bounce off a glove, but the Florida Gators are headed back to the College World Series.
The Gators beat Auburn 3-2 on Monday night at the Gainesville Super Regional to earn a return trip to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, thanks to a walk-off home run from Austin Langworthy in the bottom of the 11th inning.
That walk-off, though, was just inches away from being robbed at the outfield wall.
Langworthy drilled a pitch off Auburn freshman Cody Greenhill to the right field wall, where Auburn outfielder Steven Williams had a jump on the ball.
Williams, though, was just off his mark.
The ball bounced off of Williams’ glove and out over the wall, leaving the park and scoring the winning run for the Gators — leaving the freshman bent over in disbelief.
Walk-off home run!!! The Florida Gators get the final spot in the #CWS!!
But you do have to feel for Auburn to lose this way. pic.twitter.com/pn0OCLZI2U
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) June 12, 2018
Seriously, just look at how close Williams was to making the catch.
— René Bugner (Rainbowcave) (@RNBWCV) June 12, 2018
The home run was Langworthy’s second in the series against the Tigers, and his fourth of the year.
— Scott Carter (@GatorsScott) June 12, 2018
It wasn’t the only crazy play that took place on Monday night, either. In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Gators stole home with the game tied 1-1 on a crazy trick play that initially fooled just about everybody watching.
Florida will take on Texas Tech in the first round of the College World Series later this week — its seventh trip in nine years — in an effort to defend its national title.
Auburn though, who hasn’t made it to Omaha in more than 20 years, will have to wait until next season to try again.
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