Talk about dramatic. The No. 1 Florida Gators beat the North Carolina State Wolfpack on Sunday 9-8 in 10 innings to advance to the College World Series. It’s the Gators’ third-straight trip to Omaha and gives them yet another chance to bring home the school’s first baseball national championship.
Senior center fielder Daniel Pigott and freshman third baseman Josh Tobias were the offensive heroes in the final inning. Pigott led off the 10th with a solo homerun to put the Gators up 8-7. Tobias then drove in freshman second baseman Casey Turgeon to give Florida a 9-7 lead heading into the bottom of the inning. NC State got one run back, but wouldn’t get more.
The Gators used seven pitchers in the win with sophomore Karsten Whiston getting the victory to improve to 4-0 and sophomore Keenan Kish recording his first save of the season.
Florida will face either Oklahoma or SEC foe and defending national champion South Carolina in the opening round off the CWS. The Gamecocks currently lead that series 1-0.
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Make it two in a row for the No. 5 Florida Gators. On Friday night in Lexington, KY, the Gators defeated the No. 6 Kentucky Wildcats 5-1 in game two of the three-game series between the SEC rivals. The win was another big one for Florida as it improved to 2-0 this week.
The game was tied 1-1 in the top of the eighth when freshman third baseman Josh Tobias drove in the winning run on a one-out single. The Gators would add three more in the ninth inning to put the Wildcats away for good.
Pitching was again the story for the 35-12 (14-9 SEC) Gators. Sophomore starter Karsten Whiston went four and two-thirds, allowing six hits and just the one run. Junior Greg Larson got his sixth win of the season as the pitcher of record. And junior Steven Rodriguez recorded his second straight save.
It’s a Saturday series finale for Florida and Kentucky. The two face off at 2:00pm.
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The No. 1 Florida Gators were expected to win big on Wednesday night and win big they did. The 12-1 Gators won their 10th straight, defeating the 1-12 Florida A&M Rattlers 15-2.
Freshman Justin Shafer was the hero on Wednesday as he produced one of the more interesting box scores you’ll see. Shafer was 1-for-2 from the plate with no runs scored, six RBI, and wasn’t walked once. Shafer produced the six RBI on three sacrifice flies and his only hit – a two-run double.
Surprisingly, the Gators didn’t hit a single homerun in the 15-2 win, but were able to produce those 15 runs on only 11 hits. Nolan Fontana and Preston Tucker also drove in multiple runs – two each – and Fontana and Josh Tobias each had a team-high three runs scored.
Starting pitcher Johnny Magliozzi allowed a run in each of the first two innings, but Florida wouldn’t allow FAMU to score the rest of the way. Pitching three scoreless innings, senior Greg Larson got the win.
The Gators are off Thursday then return to action Friday night with the opener of a three-game series against Florida Gulf Coast.