PORTAGE, MI – Another game, another incredible defensive play from Florida State shortstop Josie Muffley.
With two outs and an Arizona runner on second in the top of the third inning, the Seminoles infielder and former Portage Central star snagged a line drive up the middle, faked a throw to first base, then turned and rifled a throw to third to pick off the greedy Wildcats baserunner who made a wide turn toward home plate.
Muffley’s web gem shut down an Arizona rally and helped No. 15 FSU claim a 4-2 win over the second-ranked Wildcats.
The play also caught the attention of ESPN, which placed it at No. 6 in SportsCenter’s Top Plays segment for Thursday, March 11.
Now in her second season in Tallahassee, Muffley has established herself as a top-flight defensive player, with her latest highlight-reel play coming less than a month after a video of her making an incredible tag on a stealing baserunner went viral.
Muffley went 0-1 at the plate in the win against Arizona, reaching base on a hit-by-pitch and making six assists from her shortstop position.
Through 16 games, she is batting .226 with five runs, 6 RBIs and four steals, while her on-base percentage is among the team’s best at .415 thanks to her five walks and six hit-by-pitches.
The 2018 Portage Central grad signed with Tulsa out of high school and posted a .327 batting average with eight doubles, two home runs and 31 runs scored as a freshman with the Golden Hurricanes, before transferring to FSU and batting .204 in her first season with the Seminoles, which lasted just 23 games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Her stellar defense up the middle has helped preseason Atlantic Coast Conference favorite FSU climb the national rankings, and the Seminoles currently sit at 12-4 with the final two contests of the Arizona series set to take place on Friday and Saturday.