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Florida Gators Win First Championship

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

The Florida Gators have had some pretty good baseball teams over the years. None of them could call themselves champions. The 2017 version became the first to win an NCAA championship with their 6-1 win over LSU. Florida becomes the first school to win a championship in football, basketball and baseball.

Tyler Dyson got the start for Florida. He gave up one run in six innings of work. Michael Byrne relieved him in the seventh. Byrne appeared to have given up a second run after getting a double play ground out. The umpires ruled interference on the runner sliding into second base and since no runner can advance on an interference play the runner who had scored had to return to third. The next hitter flied out and Florida still had a 2-1 lead.

They blew the game wide open with a four spot in the eighth. Nick Horvath was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Deacon Liput smacked a single to drive in two runs. Liput had also singled in the second inning to drive in a run. J.J. Schwarz drove in the fourth run with a sacrifice fly. He had also driven in the first run in the opening inning with a single.

Jackson Kowar got the last five outs. He was the lucky guy to be on the bottom of the pile up after the game was won.

Gators Win Opener

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

The Florida Gators are one win away from their first championship after their 4-3 opening day win. Florida took advantage of three walks to load the bases in the fourth, then got a sacrifice fly from Austin Langworthy and a two run double from Jonathan India to jump out to an early 3-0 lead. Brady Singer worked seven innings to keep the lead before yielding to Michael Byrne in the eighth after giving up a lead off double. Byrne gave up an RBI single to Josh Smith but then retired the last four hitters to earn his third save of the College World Series. Singer struck out 12 Tigers in his seven innings of work.

LSU and Florida to Play in Finals

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Florida 3 TCU 0

The first round pick of the Detroit Tigers Alex Faedo shut down the TCU bats for 7.1 innings, striking out 11 to advance Florida to the finals of the College World Series. It was the second time in this College World Series he struck out 11 Horned Frogs, having done it earlier in the playoffs when they opened the series against each other. Florida will battle LSU for the championship, a team they are no stranger to having shared a Southeastern Conference title with this year. Christian Hicks was the offensive star for the Gators. He had an RBI double in the fifth and he scored a run in the seventh after hitting his first triple of the year.

LSU 6 Oregon State 1

The Tigers beat the Beavers for the second time to earn their way into the championship against their Southeastern Conference foe Florida. Oregon State had come into the College World Series as the number one team in the country but two losses to LSU eliminate them from any championship run. Caleb Gilbert restricted Oregon State to just two hits in 7.1 innings before turning it over to Zack Hess to get the last five outs after Michael Gretler tagged Gilbert for a solo shot. LSU got three homeruns of their own with Michael Papierski getting credit for two of them and Beau Jordan hitting the other. Papierski hit a three run tater in the third and added a solo shot in the fifth.

LSU last won a title in 2009. The have won six College World Series. Florida has yet to win a championship, though they have played in the finals twice, the last being in 2011.

TCU and LSU Stay Alive

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Neither of the teams, Florida or Oregon State could eliminate their opponents in the play in game. They now have to play both in elimination games to see who makes the best of three finals.

LSU 3 Oregon State 1

The Beaver bats were quieted to two hits by Alex Lange in his 7.1 innings of work. After getting the first out in the eighth Lange yielded to super reliever Zack Hess, who struck out four of the five hitters he faced. It was his third save of the College World Series. Zach Watson went a perfect 3 for 3 but it was Josh Smith who provided the big hits for LSU. His RBI single in the second and solo shot in the seventh proved to be the difference in the game. Jake Thompson got the start for Oregon State, giving up three runs in 6.2 innings. The loss ended a 23 game winning streak by Oregon State. Lange was a first round pick of the Cubs, the last player taken in the first round of the MLB draft.

TCU 9 Florida 2

The big bat of Evan Skoug drove in three runs to give him 71 RBIs for the year to help TCU pounce on Florida. A two run triple from Josh Watson in the fourth was the big hit, breaking a 2-2 tie. Charles King tossed 3.1 innings of shutout relief to get the win, striking out five of the 13 hitters he faced. TCU broke the game open with four in the sixth, three of the runs driven in by Skoug with his bases clearing double.

TCU Eliminates Louisville

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

TCU made a four run second inning stand out for a 4-3 win. Ryan Merrill had the big hit with a two run single. Sean Rymer pitched the last 4.1 innings without allowing a run to get the win. In the eighth Louisville had a runner on first with one out and Brendan McKay up. They stole Ryan Summers and he was called out by the umpire. Replays showed he was clearly safe and the manager was tossed for arguing the call. College baseball does not have replays. McKay later struck out. Rymer was able to finish the ninth despite giving up a two out single to put TCU in the final four.

The final four teams in the World Series are Oregon State, LSU, Florida and TCU. LSU and TCU will have to win twice to make it to the finals.

LSU Advances in NCAA College World Series

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

LSU 7 Florida State 4

With Florida State knocked out you won’t have a Florida versus Florida State final. Jake Slaughter finished off a five run second inning with a three run blast to carry LSU. Jared Poche went into the ninth inning before tiring giving up back to back homeruns to Quincy Nieporte and Cal Raleigh to turn a 7-2 game 7-4. Zack Hess got the last three outs on whiffs to preserve the victory. LSU advances to the winner’s bracket to face Oregon State. They must beat the Beavers twice to advance to the finals. Oregon State beat LSU 13-1 to knock them into the loser’s bracket.

The win for Poche was his 39th as a Tiger making him the all time career win leader for LSU.

Gators Advance to Winner’s Bracket

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Florida 5 Louisville 1

The Gators got seven strong innings from Brady Singer to advance to the winner’s bracket. Austin Langworthy gave him the lead with a solo shot in the third and Deacon Liput added three more with a shot in the fourth to give Singer an early 4-0 lead. Singer struck out nine and as a sophomore will be eligible for the draft next year.

TCU 4 Texas A&M 1

The Horned Frogs eliminated their Texas counterparts, Brian Howard striking out 12 in his seven innings of work. Connor Wanhanen drove in the first run with a single in the second. Ryan Merrill added a second run with a solo shot the following inning. It was all Howard and Sean Wymer needed, with Wymer retiring all six hitters he faced to earn the save.

Oregon State Walks Past LSU

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Oregon State 13 LSU 1

Not much of a game. The Tigers used eight pitchers and a variety of them walked 12 hitters in a 13-1 win by Oregon State. A grand slam homerun by KJ Harrison put the game out of reach. Nick Madrigal and Cadyn Grenier each contributed three RBIs in the rout. Bryce Fehmel pitched eight innings allowing just two hits. One of them was a solo shot by Zach Watson in the seventh inning to ruin his shutout. Oregon State now gets to wait in the winner’s bracket for the winner of the Florida State/LSU game, with the winner of that game needing to beat Oregon State twice to advance to the finals.

Florida State 6 Cal State Fullerton 4

Florida State eliminated the Titans from the College World Series. Down 4-3 into the seventh the Seminoles loaded the bases after an intentional walk and scored two runs on non intentional walks to take a 5-4 lead. An infield single by Matt Anderson drove in an insurance run. The bullpen shut down the Titans on one hit for the last 3.1 innings. Florida State will now play LSU with the winner facing Oregon State.

Louisville and Florida Picks up Wins in NCAA

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Louisville 8 Texas A&M 4

Louisville scored five runs in the second inning and made it stand. Colby Fitch stroked a two run single in the inning for two of his four RBIs on the day. He walked in the sixth to drive in a run and hit a double in the eighth for his fourth RBI of the game. Brendan McKay gave up four runs in his five innings of work. The bullpen worked a perfect four innings, Lincoln Henzman pitching the sixth and Sam Bordner working the last three innings to earn the save.

Florida 3 TCU 0

Alex Faedo was on his game for the Gators. He allowed just two hits in his seven innings of work, whiffing 11 of the 24 hitters he faced. Florida scored single digits in the first, fourth and fifth to give the Gators enough runs to win the game. TCU was able to bring the tying run to the plate in the eighth inning but Michael Byrne got the strikeout to preserve the shutout.

NCAA Nailbiters to Open College World Series

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

A couple nailbiters to begin the College World Series.

Oregon State 6 Cal State Fullerton 5

The Titans jumped out to an early 5-1 lead, Tommy Richards blasting a three run homerun off Beaver starter Jake Thompson. Connor Seabold went five successful innings allowing just one run for the Titans. The Beavers passively blast the Titan pen, specifically Colton Eastman for four runs in the sixth to tie the game 5-5. Four of the first five batters Eastman faced walk. New pitcher Blake Workman came on and coughed up a two run single to Trevor Lamach and an RBI single to Jack Anderson to tie the game. In the eighth Adley Rutschman ripped the go ahead RBI single to give the Beavers a 6-5 lead, their first lead in the game. Drew Rasmussen worked a perfect ninth, striking out the first two hitters he faced to close out the victory. Jake Mulholland pitched 4.1 innings of no hit relief to get credit for the win.

LSU 5 Florida State 4

Dylan Busby hit a two run homerun in the first inning to give the Seminoles a early 2-0 lead over LSU. Busby also added an RBI single in the third to advance the Seminoles lead to 3-1. For LSU Antoine Duplantis was involved in three of the four Bengal rallies. He scored on a wild pitch in the first inning, drove in the second run in the third with a single and his single in the eighth led to the tying run scoring from first after a throwing error from the outfielder. Greg Deichmann drove in Dupantis with an RBI single to put LSU ahead 5-4. Michael Papierski hit a solo homerun in the fifth to score the third run for LSU. Florida State put two runners on in the ninth but Zach Hess struck out Dylan Busby for the final out of the game.

Tomorrow Bracket Two will be played with Louisville going against Texas A&M and Florida taking on TCU.