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College Pitcher Snags a Line-Drive BARE-HANDED and Completes the Double Play

Incredible Plays

Last night, the West Virginia University (WVU) pitching staff held the one of the country’s best offensive teams, the Morehead State Eagles, to just a single run on four hits over nine innings.

And while I can credit the pitcher, Alex Manoah (who was making his first career college start), for the brilliant performance, I can’t entirely credit his pitching.

Instead, it was his handy defense (oh god, that’s terrible – did I really just say that?) that helped seal the win:

Holy. Crap. Nice play, dude.


Here’s the same play from a different angle (starts at 25 seconds):

The desire to stick your hand out and reach for that line drive may have been automatic for a guy like Manoah, but that is just not something my instincts would tell me to do – and if they did, I’d be like why don’t YOU stick your hand out there!

That he was able to have the mind to toss the ball over to first afterwards is just gravy. What a great play all around.

West Virginia’s home-stand continues this weekend against Kansas at Monongalia County Ballpark. Friday’s game starts 6:30 p.m., and it’s a gold rush, which means:


All fans are encouraged to wear gold, while the first 1,000 fans will receive a free commemorative 125-years baseball. There will also be postgame fireworks, presented by Coca-Cola.

I gotta say, it sounds like West Virginia knows how to baseball.



Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami writes about MLB at Baseball Is Fun. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami.