baseball-d1 flag

Anthony Chiusano | NCAA.com | June 23, 2017

Fan catches two foul balls at same College World Series game

  Blake Dieckmann (right) was a very lucky fan Thursday night in Omaha.

The odds of catching one foul ball at a baseball game filled by 24,984 other fans are nearly 1 in 1,000, according to several sources. The odds of catching two balls, two innings apart? Forget about it.

But Blake Dieckmann, 19, of Fremont, Nebraska, defied those odds during Thursday night's TCU vs. Louisville College World Series game, as he got his hands on a pair of keepsakes by the fourth inning.

“I’ve been coming to sporting events all my life and I’ve never gotten a single foul ball, so to get two at the College World Series is pretty amazing,” said Dieckmann, who sat in the first row down the right field line.

Dieckmann snagged his first foul ball during the second inning on a pop up down the line. Two innings later, luck struck twice on a liner that bounced right back to him. 

“The first one was more of a pop fly so I knew it wouldn’t hurt that much. So I kind of just stuck my left hand up and fell into it," he said. "The second one was more of a line shot, so I kind of got a little nervous and pulled away. It hit behind me and rolled back to me.”

Not being greedy, Dieckmann offered up the second ball to a young Horned Frogs fan nearby. “He’s been cheering the whole game for TCU, so I figured he deserved it,” he said.

However, Dieckmann will find a place in his room to showcase his first keepsake.

Dieckmann comes to Omaha each year for the College World Series, and while he doesn't have a particular rooting interest in any team, he said he chooses a school to pull for each year. This year's choice was TCU, who, by coincidence, was up to bat for both foul balls.

“I grew up watching them when they were playing in the super regionals and now they’ve played here for [four] straight years, so you get used to them being here,” he said.

As for whether he thought he'd be the target of a third foul ball before the end of the night, he didn't rule anything out.

“I wasn’t planning on it but I better watch out," Dieckmann said. "I’ll bring the glove next time.”

 

 

Pac-12 announces creation of Pac-12 baseball tournament in partnership with the city of Scottsdale and The Arizona Sports & Entertainment Commission

The Pac-12 announced Wednesday a new conference championship event in Scottsdale, Arizona for baseball.
READ MORE

Notable college baseball players who starred in the Little League World Series

Hundreds of schools across three divisions of NCAA baseball have fielded teams for numerous years, making it difficult to pinpoint every athlete that's participated on a college program and in the 73-tournament-old LLWS. But though this compilation isn't comprehensive, we've put together a list of some of the most notable players who stepped on the collegiate and LLWS baseball diamond at some point in their careers.
READ MORE

Use of one-way electronic devices approved in college baseball

Display boards, in-ear communication to the catcher are allowed for use in all three NCAA divisions for the 2021-22 season.
READ MORE
Division I
Baseball Championship
June 17 - 26/27, 2022
TD Ameritrade Park | Omaha, NE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners