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Austin R. Vaughn | NCAA.com | June 7, 2016

College World Series: 24 unreal defensive plays from the regional round

Baseball fans have been treated to some incredible moments in the 2016 Regionals.

We have seen home runs, grand slams, walk-offs, upsets and even Rally Possums. But beyond the excitement of big hits, specialty hot dogs and lucky animals, there have been some downright beautiful defensive plays.

With the Super Regionals on the horizon, check out 12 incredible defensive plays you may have missed, presented in three categories: The Talented, The Sacrificial and The Nearly Impossible.

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The Talented

Baseball players don't get to Division I, much less the NCAA Regionals, without a healthy dose of talent. Heads-up defensive plays don't always call attention to themselves, but a well-handled play shines a light on the talent and hard work of the athlete.

The Sacrificial

Talk about leaving it all on the field. Not only are these plays beautiful and breathtaking, but they probably hurt to pull off. That kind of dedication shows deep love for your team. Or, a dangerous level of competitiveness. Probably both.

The Nearly Impossible

Ever wish superheroes were real? Well, top-level athletes are pretty close. They can throw a baseball faster than a speeding bullet, jump higher than outfield walls and stretch like rubber to to catch a quick toss while staying on base. They basically treat the laws of nature as suggestion.

Did I mention we are just getting started? The Super Regionals start on Friday, and they won't disappoint.