An epic finish in the NCAA Super Regionals just captivated college baseball fans everywhere!
Nationally-seeded Virginia trailed ACC rival Duke in Game 1 of the best-of-3 series. The Blue Devils held a slim 5-4 lead over the touted Cavaliers and were one out away from putting UVA to bed. With two runners on, Jake Gelof sent a ball out for a ride.
But Duke outfielder Tyler Albright had other ideas. The ball led Albright all the way to the wall, but Albright took it back to rob a home run and an epic walk-off!
Pain for Virginia. ⚾️pic.twitter.com/998fue1gMw
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) June 9, 2023
It doesn’t get much more dramatic than that to end a game! It looked like a home run off the bat, so Gelof’s reaction tracks. But Albright’s sensational home run robbery follows a long line of recent Web Gems across all leagues of baseball.
The win puts the Blue Devils suddenly in the driver’s seat. They have a 1-0 lead over the Cavaliers in the Supers, meaning if they win the next game, then it’s on to the College World Series. Duke hasn’t made the CWS since 1961. So, the Blue Devils are now on the cusp of a historic victory. Should they reach Omaha, they can point back to this catch as one of the biggest moments that led them there.
After the incredible catch, college baseball fans had lots to say about it.
OH MY GOD DUKE SURVIVES 🚨
Jake Gelof thought he just walked off the Blue Devils but the ball was caught at the wall pic.twitter.com/i6qcsTD3Tn
— 11Point7: The College Baseball Podcast 🎙 (@11point7) June 9, 2023
Wow. What a finish.
Jake Gelof drives one deep to LF, but it's just shy of the wall, snagged by Tyler Albright, who jumps up to make the catch.
— Shotgun Spratling (@ShotgunSprD1) June 9, 2023
What a finish in Charlottesville! Jake Gelof smashed one deep to left, the announcer sounded like he thought it was gone, Gelof thought it was gone – but it's a long fly out. Duke wins opener 5-4. Awesome ballgame.
— Aaron Fitt (@aaronfitt) June 9, 2023
— The College Experience (@TCEonSGPN) June 9, 2023
— Caroline Darney (@cwdarney) June 9, 2023