line drive


Definition of line drive

: a batted baseball hit in a nearly straight line usually not far above the ground

Examples of line drive in a Sentence

He hit a hard line drive to the shortstop.

Recent Examples on the Web

Phillies pitcher Vince Velasquez left Saturday's game against the Nationals after taking a line drive off of his right arm. Jenna West,, "Watch: Phillies' Vince Velasquez Drilled in Right Arm, Makes Play With Left-Handed Throw," 30 June 2018 Walker Buehler sported a baseball-sized bruise on his right rib cage, courtesy of the 108-mph line drive off the bat of Colorado's Trevor Story that struck him in the fifth inning Monday night. Mike Digiovanna,, "Max Muncy has what Dodgers want in a leadoff hitter," 23 May 2018 As difficult of a read as that is, the guy on first is not supposed to do anything but return on the line drive to the infield on his side. Ron Richmond For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Oregon State baseball squanders opportunities, falls to Arizona State," 29 Apr. 2018 In the first inning, the Cards swung the bats well against Red Raiders starter Davis Martin, but came up empty-handed when Josh Stowers scalded a line drive right at the third baseman for the final out. Randy Rosetta, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville baseball eliminated from NCAAs with loss to Texas Tech," 3 June 2018 As everyone watched Beltre's line drive to right-center one-hop the wall, his trek to first base wasn't initially noticed. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Yep, things just got a whole lot worse | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 25 Apr. 2018 Before Steve Pearce walked to force in a run and Martinez hit a line drive to right field, the Red Sox had two outs and nobody on base. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Red Sox Notch Game 2 World Series Win Over Dodgers," 25 Oct. 2018 Jim Rivera hit a line drive that seemed destined for a base hit. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Can you imagine a 16-year-old playing in the majors? This Rockhurst grad did, for the KC Athletics," 8 June 2018 During a Monday night demonstration on MLB Network, analyst Sean Casey hit a line drive right in the face of coworker Bill Ripken, who was throwing him soft toss pitches. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, "That's gotta hurt! Bill Ripken gets hit in the face with Sean Casey line drive on MLB Network," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of line drive

1903, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of line drive

baseball : a ball that is hit by the batter and goes in a nearly straight line not far above the ground

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