Friday, June 24, 2005

Steve Bartman strikes again in Omaha...

(Ow, my head. OK, Now that I'm completely sober from last night's NBA finals Game 7...)

I think ESPN's David Albright put last night's game-changing play in the Arizona State-Florida game best:
It was the bottom of the fourth inning with Arizona State leading 3-0 over Florida in the Bracket 1 championship game of the 2005 College World Series.

With Brian Jeroloman on first after a leadoff walk, Gators third baseman Brandon McArthur hit what looked like an innocent popup behind home plate.

Sun Devils catcher Tuffy Gosewisch appeared ready to make a sliding catch just before the padded wall near the ASU dugout when the outstretched hands of Brad Jordan got there first.

Only Jordan wasn't wearing a gray baseball jersey with "Devils" script across the front. Instead, he was wearing a gold T-shirt and he wasn't supposed to be in the field of play.
Basically Mr. Jordan, rooting interest unknown, went Steve Bartman on Gosewisch.

The ump called the Florida batter out on fan interference. Florida manager Pat McMahon went out and protested the play. While the call stood, the interruption was enough to cool off ASU starter Jason Urquidez, who promptly got behind 3-1 to Florida's Brian LeClerc.

LeClerc put the 3-1 pitch in the right-field seats.

ASU unraveled from there, giving up 5 more runs.

Florida ended up winning the game 6-3, and will now face the Texas Longhorns in the Championship Series.

Championship Series Schedule
Florida vs Texas
Game 1: Saturday, June 25, 7:00 PM ESPN
Game 2: Sunday, June 26, 3:00 PM ESPN
Game 3: (if necessary) Monday, June 27, 7:00 PM ESPN

Monday: Lone Star Series
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