Indiana State outfielder fools everyone with a fake home run robbery against Iowa
Indiana State advanced to the Super Regional round of the NCAA Baseball Tournament after an 11-8 regional-clinching win over Iowa on Sunday.
The Sycamores will now move on to next weekend’s Super Regional, which is basically college baseball’s version of the Sweet 16. The top eight teams will then advance out of the Super Regionals to Omaha for the College World Series.
Indiana State Advances to Super Regional
During yesterday’s game, we did get a fake robbery in the bottom of the seventh inning after Iowa’s Brayden Frazier crushed a ball to left field.
Indiana State left fielder Adam Pottinger appeared to rob Frazier of the home run. Pottinger leaped in attempt to catch the ball, and even though he didn’t make the grab, he acted as if he did, fooling everyone watching.
Indiana State Outfielder Adam Pottinger Fake Home Run Robbery
Frazier exited the base paths dejected, thinking that he was robbed of a home run before Pottinger had to fess up that he didn’t catch the ball, which prompted Iowa to get Frazier back to the base paths.
There were no outs in the game with Indiana State up 11-7 in the bottom of the seventh inning which left people wondering why Pottinger would even pretend to rob Frazier’s home run.
There were a bunch of replies on Twitter saying that this was ‘bad for baseball’ and that ‘Pottinger deserved to get hit during his next at-bat’ but for those paying attention, this was a just a funny response from the game before where he actually robbed Frazier.
Adam Pottinger Successful Robbery on Saturday
Regardless, I’m all for it.
College baseball is at its best when players are chirping at each other (within reason) and simply just letting these kids play ball. Of course, that rarely happens these days and we literally just saw Cam Cannarella get tossed in the bottom of the 13th inning after exchanging some words with Vol’s Zane Denton but in my opinion, it should be allowed.
Side Note: I do think that Pottinger would have gotten away with it if there were two outs and he ran straight back into the dugout.