A bunt in baseball refers to a way in which the ball has been hit by the batter. A bunt is achieved when the batter makes intentional contact with the ball without intentionally swinging at it, and it is tapped into the infield.

If a batter has two strikes against them and bunts a ball into foul territory, then they are given a strikeout. This rule only comes to fruition when the third ball is bunted.

Why are Bunts Used?

Bunts, when pulled off correctly, can be used in various situations. Bunts have plenty of valid uses amongst those situations, but the most common use of a bunt is to allow a runner, or runners, to advance while on base. When used this way, a bunt can also be referred to as a sacrifice bunt, as the batter is often called out following it.

Bunts can also be used by a batter as a way to advance to a base themselves. This is known as bunting for a base hit. A bunted ball can be used to surprise infielders if the batter doesn’t physically prepare beforehand. It is a legitimate tactic used on behalf of the attack.