By SoE Staff
Florida State leadoff man Taylor Walls helped the Seminoles punch their ticket to the College World Series by going 3-for-3 with two home runs and four walks in a 19-0 Super Regional drubbing of Sam Houston State on Sunday.
And we have the first groundskeeper ever mentioned in our weekly countdown: 26-year-old Braves employee Nigel "The Freeze" Talton has been sprinting past fans after giving them lengthy head starts. He's a former collegiate track star who's training for the 2018 world indoor championships, so that' why something definitely seemed uneven about this.
Now on to our Top 5.
5. Rafael Nadal
The King of Clay captured his 10th French Open title, adding to his own record, with a dominant straight-set victory over Stan Wawrinka. He didn't lose a set in the entire tournament, and he moved past Pete Sampras for the second-most Grand Slam titles in men's history (15), trailing only Roger Federer.
4. Jelena Ostapenko
Nadal was almost a given to hoist the Musketeers' Trophy at Roland Garros, but on the women's side, unseeded 20-year-old Ostapenko delivered a huge surprise. In nailing her first-ever WTA Tour title, she became the first unseeded woman to win the French Open since 1933, and the first Latvian ever to nab a major.
3. Matt Murray
The goalie helped the Penguins claim their second straight Stanley Cup with shut-down efforts in Games 5 and 6, in which he didn't allow a goal and saved 51 shots in those two victories combined. Murray became just the fourth goalie ever to finish the finals with back-to-back shutouts, and first since 1952.
matt murray gets choked up talking about marc-andre fleury :') pic.twitter.com/aBp43DjX9Q- ego (@EvgeniMaIkinEgo) June 12, 2017
2. Kevin Durant
The NBA Finals MVP finally won the championship he's been chasing. Durant scored a team-high 39 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, in Golden State's clinching Game 5 victory on Monday. KD scored 31 or more in each of the five finals contests (35.2 average), and added 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game against Cleveland.
1. Aaron Judge
The current MLB leader in both home runs and All-Star votes posted another monster week. Judge batted .500 in six games last week, including a longball on Saturday that traveled 121.1 mph, the hardest recorded hit in the Statcast™ era (since 2015). He followed that up with two more dingers on Sunday, one of which sailed 495 feet, the longest home run this season. The California native kept it going on Monday when he blasted this go-ahead shot in the eighth inning, only to be showered with chants of "MVP" … by fans in Anaheim, coincidentally Mike Trout's home field.