CWS will use video review on close home-run calls

By: Matt Harris Email
By: Matt Harris Email

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- A home run wrongly ruled a double at last year's College World Series prompted the NCAA to implement instant replay this year.

NCAA vice president for football and baseball Dennis Poppe (Pope) said Tuesday that Brian Johnson's deep ball for Florida last year pushed Division I baseball leaders to give umpires the ability to review whether a ball cleared the fence, went foul or if a fan interfered.

The bad call on Johnson's hit didn't affect the outcome of Florida's 8-4 win over Texas. But Gators coach Kevin O'Sullivan said this week that anything that helps umpires make the right call is a good thing.

ESPN provides more than a dozen camera angles at the CWS. Only the umpire crew chief decides if review will be used.

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