The Baptist University of Dallas had dropped by three in the late seventh. With two outs and bases loaded in the NCAA region, first baseman Andrew Benefield came on board. So, well … just watch.
Benefield’s grand slam helped Dallas Baptist win the game, 8-5. With the win, the school moves toward its second NCAA superseason in program history.
And while the homer was fantastic, the celebration was even better. But he was cut by a grumpy ump.
From another angle, watch Benefield squash it, admire the bomb, and make it scream. I’m not good at reading lips, but I think ump screams, “Run!”
Let the ball players enjoy the game, please.
It’s okay to hit a run at home and celebrate. If you want to catch the ball when you leave the field, you also need to be able to do it. And if you’ve just hit a slam in advance to put your school in the lead, take your time rounding out those basics.
Hell, they’re all for more fun in the win or lose lines. When Raquel Dominguez, an Oklahoma State senior, danced behind her coach in the Women’s College World Series, I was all for it!
As for Benefield, he wasn’t too fazed by the moment, nor was the referee’s reaction.
“It’s surreal, that’s why I wanted to come to university so I could experience moments like this,” Benefield he said of his grand slam after the game. “I was just looking for it.” [for a] stove on the plate. I thought I was going to work away but it missed the plate and I turned it on. I’m just attached to our approach and it worked. ”
Dallas Baptist’s next game will be against the University of Virginia on Saturday. Hopefully, grumpy ump won’t be present.