Truth: ballplayers don’t make it on to ESPN’s “Top Plays” by just watching a pop-up drift into foul territory. Wichita State outfielder Mikel Mucha must know this. Mucha sold out by tumbling over a chain-link fence — and out of the field of play — while chasing down a foul ball for the second out in the top of the ninth inning of the Shockers’ 5-4 win over Indiana State in the Missouri Valley Conference semifinals on Friday afternoon in Normal, Ill.
Of course, we don’t know if Mucha will make it on to the WWL’s Top Plays, but by the looks of the picture of his catch, he deserves some consideration. Mucha was also part of the Shockers’ five-run sixth inning rally. The victory means Wichita State will face Illinois State for the MVC title on Saturday night.