OMAHA, Neb. -- Florida's Matt den Dekker drew a standing ovation from the crowd for an over-the-shoulder catch at the warning track in center field while sliding on his knees toward the wall.
His play, which came just underneath the "408" sign in center field, kept the bases empty and served as the first out of the fourth inning.
The crowd's initial response was muted; fans were unsure whether the senior had made the catch. But the second base umpire called the out, and upon seeing the replay, which provided confirmation that den Dekker had hauled in the hard-hit ball cleanly, the Rosenblatt audience gave him what he was due: an awed "Oh!" and an appreciative ovation.
Niko Gallego doubled to left center to put runners on second and third, prompting the Gators to end starter Alex Panteliodis' day early, in favor of reliever Steven Rodriguez. Rodriguez allowed -- wait for it -- UCLA catcher Steve Rodriguez to score on a wild pitch.
After hitting a batter, he struck out Dean Espy and Cody Regis to end the inning. Florida trails 5-2 entering the bottom of the fourth.