Broome, a senior who capped her career with the Lady Hawks by notching a ninth inning triple and scoring the winning run in Shorter’s dramatic 1-0 win over Oklahoma City in the NAIA national championship game, saw her clutch ninth inning snag of a potential go-ahead home run by Oklahoma City’s LeeAnn Lopez featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Wednesday night.
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Her play, which maintained a scoreless game and allowed the Lady Hawks a chance to win the championship in the bottom of the ninth, was featured as the No. 2 play on the program’s famous Top 10 Plays countdown that first aired around 11:30 p.m. Thursday night.
With two outs in the top of the ninth inning, the 2012 Southern States Athletic Conference Gold Glove Outfielder robbed Lopez by reaching over the center field fence and bringing back Lopez’s bid for a lead.
Broome proceeded to hit a one out triple in the bottom half of the frame and then coast home with the national championship winning run on Emily Clements’ infield single two batters later.
The only player to get the best of Broome was Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala, whose fourth quarter dunk over Paul Pierce in a pivotal Game 6 of Philly’s NBA playoff series with the Boston Celtics earned the top spot on Top Plays.
Still, not too shabby for Broome, who, for at least the next few days, will be mentioned among those famous names for her now famous grab.
Broome has become a mini YouTube sensation since Tourbeau Sports first posted the play online and began campaigning for ESPN to pick it up for broadcast. The play went from 14 views on YouTube around 10 pm to 668 views at 8:18 am on Thursday morning. Congratulations flooded Facebook and twitter in support of Broome and the Lady Hawks, obvious excitement for a team that completed a breathtaking run towards a satisfying and well-deserved national championship.
Broome went 3-for-4 at the plate for Lady Hawks in addition to her highlight reel catch against the Stars to help the Lady Hawks (53-11) make history.
She earned All-Tournament honors along with Clements, Broome’s high school teammate at LaFayette, sophomore Jackie Castaneda and freshman Maddie Bray, who also was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.