Auburn’s Jarvis Walks Off GatorsAt The Ballpark
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — This was as quiet as a walk-off hit gets.
Auburn second baseman Luke Jarvis, who had been 0-for-7 with three strikeouts to that point in the Gainesville Super Regional, lined a gapper to left-center in the bottom of the ninth as the Tigers walked off on Florida’s home field, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon.
This was Auburn’s first-ever win in a super regional game, knocking off the nation’s No. 1 team in the process. The teams will play this super regional’s title game on Monday night with two possibilities – either the Gators (46-19) will have a chance to make their fourth straight College World Series trip … or the Tigers (43-22) pack their bags for Omaha for the first time since 1997.
Jarvis, a 25th-round pick of the Marlins, said it felt “weird” getting a walk-off on a rival’s field, but otherwise it was a blast, especially since it was his first hit of this series.
“Pandemonium — that’s as cool as it gets from a feelings perspective playing this game,” he said. “You’re not hitting the ball well, and you come up in a big situation — I hit a fastball, I think.”