We all know how crazy certain college football and basketball fanbases can get. College baseball flies under the radar, but today Texas A&M’s crowd showed why it’s known for creating one of the best atmospheres in sports.
Davidson reliever Allen Barry had handled the Aggies with no problem for 2 2/3 innings, but then the wheels fell off in a tie game in the bottom of the 11th with some help from the Texas A&M crowd. After throwing four straight balls on an intentional walk, Barry completely lost the strike zone, throwing four straight balls unintentionally to the next batter. The Aggies fans struck up their “Ball Five” chant, which went all the way up to eight before Davidson brought on a new reliever.
The second walk loaded the bases and forced Davison to turn to reliever Westin Whitmire, who ended the inning swiftly with a strikeout to keep the game moving into the 12th.
So at least Barry’s minor meltdown didn’t cost his team the first game of this Best of 3. And to be fair, Barry isn’t the only victim of this chant.