Third baseman Conner Hale had the play of the weekend — maybe the play of the season. LSU had already taken a 2-0 lead on Missouri by the third inning Saturday. Mizzou catcher Jack Klages popped up a pitch high over his own dugout. Hale tracked it all the way to the railing, leaned over and got his glove on it.
The ball didn't stick on attempt No. 1 though. Hale had to make a second effort, all while falling on a Missouri player. Hale did finally come up with it though.
Conner Hale goes into the Mizzou dugout, drops it at first but makes the catch on the second attempt pic.twitter.com/cz8ylxfyxe— Hunter Paniagua (@HunterPaniagua) May 10, 2015
That wasn't Hale's only big play of the weekend. Missouri had a runner on second with nobody out in the third inning of Friday's game. Hale made this diving stop to not only hold the runner at second, but he also got the out at first with a strong throw.
Hale's most heroic play didn't come until Sunday. Missouri had the bases loaded with one out in the 10th inning of a tied game. A chopper came Hale's way. He took a couple steps to make the out at third before firing to first for the inning-ending double play. Hale went on to score the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th.
Conner Hale with the clutch double play pic.twitter.com/HkJHXYMhuG— Hunter Paniagua (@HunterPaniagua) May 10, 2015
Andrew Stevenson also made his presence felt in the field this weekend. He returned after missing a game last week with a hamstring injury, but you'd never guess he was hobbled after checking out these highlights.
Stevenson made a pair of diving catches in Friday's game. One resulted in a sacrifice fly, though that prevented more runs from coming in. The second also saved a run, as LSU went on to win 8-3.
Missouri scores on this SAC fly, but Andrew Stevenson back to his usual self after that hamstring injury pic.twitter.com/BYKsrDdHix— Hunter Paniagua (@HunterPaniagua) May 9, 2015
It wouldn't be a list of top plays without Alex Bregman. He made his contribution two at-bats after that catch by Hale in the Missouri dugout. Bregman charged on a high chopper, nabbed the ball with his right hand and fired to first to end the inning.
Danny Zardon replaced Jared Foster this weekend at second base after Foster was declared academically ineligible for the rest of the season. Zardon was untested before the weekend, but he earned his keep by the end of it. This double play with Bregman looked far smoother than you'd expect from a guy that hasn't played much second base in his life.
Zardon helped turn another double play Sunday in an even bigger spot. LSU was clinging onto a 5-4 lead. Missouri had a runner on first with SS Ryan Howard, who homered earlier in the game, at the plate. Zac Person got a chopper to third, he relayed it to Zardon, who fired to first for the double play.
LSU turns a big double play to help preserve the 5-4 lead pic.twitter.com/jS3HCkUpOK— Hunter Paniagua (@HunterPaniagua) May 10, 2015