Florida Captures First Title in School History


UF played exceptional fundamental baseball, including outfielder Nick Horvath throwing out the potential tying run at second base in the eighth inning of Game 1 on Monday, then first baseman JJ Schwarz doing the same at home plate in the eighth inning of Game 2.

Florida pitcher Brady Singer (51) throws in the first inning of Game 1 of the NCAA College World Series baseball finals against LSU in Omaha, Neb., Monday, June 26, 2017.

Florida jumped on LSU's all-time wins leader Jared Poche early for two runs after a trio of errors in the first and second inning.

It's win or go home in the College World Series again for LSU after dropping last night's game to Florida four to three.

Florida was in the CWS for the 11th time and had made it to the finals in 2005 and 2011, getting swept each time.

LSU got a one-out single from Chris Reid in the top of the ninth, but the next three batters went down in order for the Tigers to clinch the national title for the Gators. It is, however, his first national championship team.

Gators ace Alex Faedo was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament, pitching 14 innings while allowing just 5 hits, no runs and racking up 22 strikeouts. Beau Jordan lined out to center for the third out, and Florida maintained the lead.

LSU 10, Florida 6: The Tigers were on the verge of being swept, trailing 6-2 after seven. Janczak, who struggled against the Gators last Sunday, struck out seven, walked none and scattered seven hits in seven innings. And is that jet to the right just a little bit too far out?

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In the eighth, the Tigers failed to push across a run after having runners on the corners with no outs.

Holding back its two ace starters - Jared Poche' and Alex Lange - in game 1, the Tigers attempted to piece together a victory on the mound and almost pulled off the feat.

After all of the intense moments, it took a nice, old-fashioned hit-by-pitch to drive in a run with the bases loaded, giving the Gators a nice two-run cushion late in the game.

Singer left with a 4-2 lead after Deichmann doubled leading off the eighth.

LSU coach Paul Mainieri then called on left hander Robbie Bush, who gave up a sacrifice fly to Austin Langworthy and a ground rule double to Jonathan India to give Florida a 3-0 lead.

It's a match-up between the LSU Tigers and Florida Gators.

It was less than a week ago in the opening round that the Tigers entered their first of three elimination games after being drubbed by top-seeded Oregon State. We had to piece it together with our bullpen guys.

"I just hope we don't make it another elimination game, try and get it done [Tuesday]", Guthrie said. "Jared Poché has been a warrior for us for four years".