Fresh off its Elite Eight run this past March, Florida men's basketball was represented by Canyon Barry Thursday night at McKethan Stadium where he threw out the first pitch before the Gators' baseball game against South Carolina. And it was no surprise how he delivered the pitch.
Barry, son of Hall of Famer Rick Barry, is well-known for shooting his free throws underhanded just like how his father made famous during his career. Barry carried this style onto the diamond. After starting his wind-up in traditional overhand fashion, Barry stopped himself and instead cradled the baseball in two hands and lofted it to the catcher just like one of his free throws.
And it was a perfect strike. That's no surprise, considering he was as consistent as can be with his "granny style" stroke, breaking the all-time Florida record for most consecutive free throws made this season.
Not to be outdone, the man who followed Barry's short stay on the mound had quite a day as well. Florida ace Alex Faedo shut out the Gamecocks over 8.2 innings in a victory.