OKLAHOMA CITY -– Angelo Altavilla dove into the stands for a foul ball. It looked like the Nebraska third baseman made a great catch two rows deep off left field.
But then, a video review on the fifth-inning play. Coach Darin Erstad still didn't know what officials were looking at after Oklahoma State had rallied for a 6-5 NCAA regional win Saturday night.
OSU coach Josh Holliday said he challenged whether Altavilla caught the ball – not whether he left the field of play – before umpires chose to look at the play on their own.
Per NCAA rules, the runner at second base moved to third because the play took a defender into the stands.
Third time's a charm for Waldron vs. OSU
Saturday was among the best outings of Matt Waldron's career. It was certainly his best in three tries against the Cowboys.
The Omaha Westside grad started the 2016 regional that OSU won 6-0, lasting 3 2/3 innings. He fired three scoreless relief innings when the teams faced off in the Frisco Classic in 2017. Okie State won that game 1-0.
Waldron left with an eighth-inning lead Saturday after striking out a career-high 11.
New number for Hallmark
Jaxon Hallmark singled in his first two at-bats Saturday night wearing a No. 50 jersey. This wasn't by design.
The sophomore utilityman usually wears No. 2. But he forgot his cream-colored uniform when departing from the Big Ten tournament last weekend.
"His jersey was in Omaha in the hotel, probably still," Erstad said. "So he just had to use a different number."