With LSU clinging to a 4-3 lead of an elimination game at the College World Series, Cal State-Fullerton’s Tyler Stieb lifted a pitch to deep right field. A stiff wind was blowing in, so Laird was playing in. The ball still carried a long way though, and Laird kept tracking it until he ran out of room.
Laird felt the warning track, took a small hop and came down on his left foot with the ball in his glove. He hit the wall a split second after making the catch.
Laird catch pic.twitter.com/M2QILnmCil— Michael Shamburger (@mshamburger1) June 16, 2015
Laird never hit the ground despite that violent impact. He didn’t have a scratch on him afterward.
“I felt the track under my feet, so I knew the fence was coming soon,” Laird said. ““I hit it a little bit, but I’m fine.”
Laird’s catch saved extra bases and came in the heart of Alex Lange’s post-first inning dominance. These LSU outfielders so often make the spectacular seem routine, and this wasn’t anything special to Laird.
“On any other day, that probably would’ve been out,” he said. “But this park plays big. I just ran back, felt the warning track and knew I had to jump to make the catch. It’s nothing we haven’t gone over in practice.”