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Florida baserunner brilliantly distracted pitcher as teammate stole home

13 June 2018

But Williams was in position to rob Langworthy of an extra base hit for the third time in the game.

Austin Langworthy hit a walk-off home run in the eleventh inning that bounced off the glove of Auburn right fielder Steven Williams to send the Gators to the College World Series for the 12th time in program history.

"In this game, everything comes back to you eventually". "That's how this game works".

Williams dropped to the ground in disbelief as Florida players rushed the field and waited for Langworthy to cross home plate before mobbing him. Teammates made their way into right field to console him as the Gators celebrated. "He has a really bright future".

Langworthy hit two homers during the regular season, but matched that total in the past two nights against Auburn, with both coming off freshman righthander Cody Greenhill. Florida will face Texas Tech on Sunday. The Red Raiders 44-18) advanced to the CWS Monday night with an 11-2 win against Duke. It was India's team-leading 20th home run of the season.

"He's special", Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan said.

After a scoreless fifth inning, the Tigers were able to chase Leftwich from the game after Williams drew a lead-off walk.

"I thought Byrne was the difference in the ballgame", Auburn coach Butch Thompson said.

Blake Reese got things going with a double to left-center field with one out. And in the bottom of the fourth, the Gators went all-out to (literally) steal a run. Auburn shortstop Will Holland reached on an infield single, stole second and scored on Williams' RBI single, tying the score at 1.

With a College World Series berth on the line, the Florida Gators executed one of the most creative and ballsy plays in recent memory. Horvath even staged a slip while running to distract Mitchell, the Auburn pitcher.

So, that worked out quite well for the Gators.

"It'll be part of his journey", Thompson said. "He paid attention to first instead of third first".

Florida struck first in the first inning with a solo home run by SEC Player of the Year Jonathan India, who launched one to the Auburn bullpen against Mitchell.

"You feel like a gamble play gives you a chance to score", he said. "It just doesn't seem real".

The latest bit of dominance came from freshmen Jack Leftwich and Tommy Mace and junior Michael Byrne, who combined to hold the Tigers to six hits and two earned runs on Monday.

A shaky sequence by sophomore Wil Dalton helped keep Auburn within a run of UF.

The confusion then gave Reese enough time to easily beat the ensuing throw home and give the Gators a 2-1 lead. Expecting the ball to fall in for a hit, Dalton rounded second base by at least 10 feet, allowing Tigers' center fielder Jay Estes to turn an easy double play following a diving catch.

With two outs and runners at the corners, Nick Horvath took off toward second and then intentionally belly flopped in the middle of the base path. Jarvis tagged up and took off for home as Dalton fired in the ball from the outfield.

After Auburn tied the game in the 7th inning, both teams failed to score across multiple frames, sending the game to extra innings. "They were making plays all night".

Florida baserunner brilliantly distracted pitcher as teammate stole home