Ohio State baseball was well represented tonight, as former Buckeye J.B. Shuck made one of the top catches of the year (arguably the catch of the year) to deny Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista of a two-run homer. With a runner on first and no outs, Bautista hit a fly ball deep to left field, and it was on pace to clear the left field fence by about three feet. However, Shuck managed to get to the wall, throw himself as high as he could while tracking the baseball, and secure the catch before falling into the first row of fans. Shuck then collected himself and fired the ball into the infield to keep the runner from reaching third base.
But that was not Shuck’s only big play of the day. The outfielder would also finish 3-4 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored. Shuck’s first run scored would tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning, and his RBI came on a triple to deep right, once again helping the Halos to tie the game (this time at 5-5).
The news is certainly uplifting for Buckeye fans, given that fellow Ohio State alum Nick Swisher’s Cleveland Indians lost 10-0 to the Miami Marlins this evening.
Here’s video of the catch, courtesy of MLB.com: