Safe or out? Play at plate pivotal in Maryland loss to UNC

Safe or out? Play at plate pivotal in Maryland loss to UNC
May 24, 2014, 7:45 pm
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Ah, ACC tournament baseball.

With one out in the 8th inning of a 7-7 game Saturday evening in Greensboro, N.C., North Carolina's Michael Massardo rounded third base after a ball off the bat of freshman Wood Myers landed safely in right-center field. A relay throw from Maryland senior Blake Schmit in shallow right field came in to catcher Kevin Martir and a play at the plate ensued.

Massardo was called safe, a play that at the time looked pivotal. Was he safe or out? You make the call:

Original TV Angle:

Alternate Angle:

Alternate Angle 2:

Alternate Angle 3:

What's the call? After slowing it down, it's still hard to tell.

The cloud of dirt that Massardo kicks up on his slide makes it appear he is dead to rights and out on the original TV angle. The alternate angle isn't quite high enough to see where his hand is in regards to the plate. The second alternate angle is the least helpful. The third makes it appear that Massardo's hand is behind the leg of Martir.

Would it even ultimately matter? There's no way to tell. The play wouldn't have ended the inning, had he been called out, and the Tar Heels went on to score five more runs in the inning and win, 13-7.

In pool play, the loss doesn't hurt Maryland though. The Terrapins' 2-1 record is still enough to advance them to the ACC title game vs. Georgia Tech on Sunday at 1 p.m. 

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