While not completely, bunting in baseball has almost gone the way of the dinosaur. But in a game against Notre Dame on Friday, Virginia Tech showed that a bunt can still be effective — and then some.
The Hokies entered the top of the ninth inning down a run. They had already erased that deficit and taken a two-run lead when Nick Holesa came up. With the bases loaded and only one out, Holesa had a chance to blow the game open. He did just that. Only, it didn’t happen in a normal way.
Virginia Tech played small ball, putting all three runners in motion and having Holesa put down a bunt for a suicide squeeze attempt. Holesa got the bunt down well. The only option for Notre Dame pitcher Matt Lazzaro was to throw Holesa out at first. That’s exactly what did — or tried to do, anyway. It didn’t go well for Lazzaro or the Fighting Irish.
𝙄𝙏'𝙎 𝘼 𝘽𝘼𝙎𝙀𝙎-𝘾𝙇𝙀𝘼𝙍𝙄𝙉𝙂 𝘽𝙐𝙉𝙏 ‼️😆
— Virginia Tech Baseball (@HokiesBaseball) March 25, 2022
The play drew a spirited response from college baseball fans.
YOU LOVE TO SEE IT https://t.co/nSEkns0nId
— Chris (@CassellCaptain) March 26, 2022
Lolol that’s awesome https://t.co/sOqvIE9Dz8
— Cam_Sauls🦃 (@SaulsberryHokie) March 26, 2022
Jon Lester out here pitching for ND https://t.co/2z5QVB45XX
— Sam Jessee (@SamOfSaturday) March 25, 2022
And if nothing else, this play shows just how much can go right by simply getting the ball in play.
[Photo Credit: ACC Network]