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NCAA Baseball’s Grand Slam of the Year

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With the MLB Draft just coming to an end and seeing the top college players and high school players reach their dreams, we look back to where some players are still chasing a dream, the College World Series.

As little kids we have all dreamed of hitting the winning shot in a big basketball game or hitting the walk off home run in the biggest game of our lives.  On Sunday one young man found himself living out that exact dream.

Bases loaded, bottom of the 9th, trailing by three runs and in stepped pinch hitter Sam Cohen of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Like every fairy tale ending Cohen had only hit one home run all season, he was facing one of the nations best closers, and Louisville was 47-0 when leading after the 8th inning..

None of these factors would matter to Sam Cohen as he stepped in and on a 1-2 pitch he sent it over the right field wall to send the Gauchos to their first ever College World Series.

“I really just buckled down and choked up a little bit and got on top of the dish and from that point on I was just looking for anything middle in just to try to elevate,” said Cohen. “Right when I hit it I didn’t realize until I touched home plate that I hit one out.”

Cohen, a freshman from JSerra High with 26 at-bats before Sunday, put UCSB into its first College World Series with a pinch-hit grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 4-3 victory over second-seeded Louisville.

As a fan of baseball you see stories like this and remember that this is why you love this game. The most unlikeliest of heroes can become the hero on any given day and on Sunday afternoon Sam Cohen became a legend  to his teammates.

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