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An Akron softball player's slide wasn't pretty, but it got the job done

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No one said that slides had to be perfect to be sufficient. The University of Akron's Madison Carter proved that the hard way during the first game of a softball doubleheader between the Zips and the University of Buffalo Bulls on Tuesday afternoon in Akron.

Entering as a pinch-runner at first base with Akron trailing, 2-0, and one out in the fourth, Carter charged for second on a sacrifice bunt by Jenna Jones. The play was executed perfectly and Carter ended up on second base, but not before experiencing a slide that was, to be generous, not the way it should be taught in Little League.

Jones went face-first into the ground and was roughed up a little, but as SportsCenter noted below, she was safe anyway!

There's no shame in awkwardness on the bases every now and then though. Just a couple years ago, Pirates All-Star outfielder Starling Marte flipped up on a slide so far that he somersaulted.

So Carter has pretty good company! As now-Brewers infielder Jonathan Villar would note, it could be a lot worse.