Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Alberius dives into highlight reels
Arkansas infielder Josh Alberius made ESPN's "SportsCenter" on Wednesday.
FAYETTEVILLE There were few highlights in Arkansas' 8-0 win over Grambling State on Wednesday.
The Razorbacks' pitching kept the Tigers in-check and the offense pieced together three multi-run innings to add support. Several fans had filed out of Baum Stadium by the time Edwin Drexler stepped to the plate with two outs in the top of the ninth.
Those who remained witnessed Arkansas' defensive play of the year. Josh Alberius, a reserve infielder, did his best impression of Derek Jeter, diving into the stands to grab a foul ball over the top of the chairbacks and landing in the first row.
The final out drew an ovation from the few hundred remaining in the ballpark. It also garnered national attention when Alberius' catch was featured on ESPN's "SportsCenter" as the ninth-best play of the day.
Alberius, a redshirt freshman from Little Rock Christian, has appeared in only three games this season for the Razorbacks. He entered Wednesday's game as a defensive replacement one inning before the catch.
It is at least the third straight season an Arkansas defensive play has made ESPN's signature highlight show. Brian Anderson doubled over a fence last year to make a foul ball out at Georgia and Matt Vinson robbed Alabama of a home run two years ago.