Arizona State scored a run after a pitch astonishingly ended up in the ump’s shirt pocket

Every once in a while, something happens during a baseball game that leaves even the most knowledgeable fans at a loss for words. Sunday’s NCAA college baseball regional matchup between Arizona State and Fairfield was one of those times.

A pitch landed right in the shirt pocket of the home plate umpire.

This physics-defying moment took place in the sixth inning with the Sun Devils’ Sean McLain at the plate with runners on second and third. When the pitch landed in the ump’s pocket, the first reaction was to look for the ball. And once the ball was located in the ump’s pocket, everyone sort of didn’t know how to process it.

Was it a dead ball? Was it a wild pitch? Did ASU score? How is there a rule for something so seemingly improbable?

Well…we have NEVER seen this before.

Devils get the go-ahead run on…this…

You have to see it to believe it. 7-6, Devils, M6.

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But apparently there was a way to address it, and the pitch — which was going to be a wild pitch anyway — was ruled as such. Both runners were given one base, which gave Arizona State the go-ahead run at the time.

Despite taking the lead on the wildest wild pitch, Arizona State would see its season come to an end after Fairfield scored three runs in the bottom half of the inning.

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