Ole Miss pitcher makes inexplicable error in SEC Championship elimination game, but his team saved him
It wasn't quite on par with Bill Buckner, but this inexplicable error from Ole Miss pitcher Parker Caracci in an SEC Championship elimination game may haunt him for a long time.
Caracci, a redshirt sophomore, was called upon in the top of the seventh inning with two outs and Ole Miss leading Georgia 3-1. After striking out the first batter he faced to end the inning, Caracci returned in the top of the eighth and gave up two hits before striking out two more Georgia batters. With runners on second and third and two outs, Caracci got Bulldogs third baseman Aaron Schunk to hit a ground ball right back at him. Inning over, right? WRONG!! With an easy force at first available, Caracci inexplicably threw home, which would have been fine had he not gone full Jon Lester and sailed it over his catcher's head:
Caracci's blooper led to an absolutely stunning turn of events as Georgia tied the game at 3. He was able to get out of the inning after that, and then pitched a 1-2-3 top of the ninth and came back out again (!) in the top of the 10th, only to give up a go-ahead solo homer to Georgia second baseman LJ Talley. Just when you began to feel horrible for Caracci, his team lifted him up, scoring two in the bottom of the 10th for a walk-off victory:
If there's a happier man on the planet than Parker Caracci right now, you'd have a tough time finding him. What a sigh of relief for the right-hander, who ended up going 3.1 innings and collecting seven strikeouts. Pretty good stats for a guy who nearly blew the game in epic fashion. The win advances the Rebels to the quarterfinals, where they await the winner of LSU vs. South Carolina.