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#pounditFriday, July 12, 2024

Tennessee wins championship thanks to spectacular slide into home plate

Hunter Ensley touches home plate

Tennessee beat Texas A&M 6-5 on Monday night in the third game of the championship series at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Neb. to win the College World Series. A spectacular slide by Hunter Ensley helped make the difference in the game.

The Vols led 3-1 for most of the game but then opened things up with three more runs in the bottom of the 7th inning. First, Dylan Dreiling hit a 2-run home run to make it 5-1. Then Ensley singled and was followed by Kavares Tears, who hit a ball off the wall in right-center field. Tears cruised into second easily for a double, but the question was whether or not Ensley was safe at home after a relay attempt by the Aggies tried to nail him.

Though the throw beat him, Ensley made a spectacular dive to avoid the tag and reached out to touch home plate.

What an awesome, athletic play by Ensley.

This is how close he was to being tagged:

What a play.

Ensley also made an awesome catch running into a wall earlier in the tournament:

He’s a magnet for big plays. And that extra run he scored was the difference in the game. A&M scored two in the 8th to make it 6-3. They added two more in the 9th off a nonchalant Aaron Combs, who felt very comfortable operating with a 3-run lead but closed it out for the 6-5 Vols victory.

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