Stewart Reaches Home with Pitcher Unaware

At any level of baseball or softball, a steal of home plate is rare.

But a steal of home plate without even a throw to the catcher contesting it? Simply inconceivable.

At least that was the case until the bottom of the fourth inning of Sunday's NCAA Softball Tournament Regional contest between Florida and UCF.

Knights' starting pitcher Jamie Ujvari, issued a bases-loaded walk to Florida's Kirsti Merritt to pad the Gators' lead by one.

Or so Ujvari thought.

Florida infielder Kelsey Stewart, who had been on second base during that at-bat, rounded third with a purpose after ball four. We'll let the video, courtesy of ESPNU, take it from there:

Needless to say, Stewart caught Ujvari and the rest of the UCF defense completely off guard, scoring easily to generate the astonishingly rare 2-RBI walk for Merritt.

Despite the popularity of the play – ESPNU's video has already surpassed 1,000 re-Tweets in less than 24 hours since the original post – Stewart's bold move ended up being relatively unimportant in the box score. The No. 1 seed and two-time defending champion Gators proceeded to win by mercy rule, 8-0 in five innings, advancing to their ninth Super Regional in the past 10 years.

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