The 2017 Florida Gators only have two seniors on their roster, pitcher Frank Rubio and outfielder Ryan Larson. On Saturday, Larson played the role of hero in walk-off fashion against Wake Forest in the opener of the Super Regionals.
Florida loaded the bases in the bottom of the eleventh without producing a base-hit after a walk and two hit batters brought Larson to the plate with two out. Larson lined a single up the middle to score Jonathan India and was mobbed by his teammates in centerfield.
Larson has been a pleasant surprise for Gators fans this year. He is second on the team with a .318 batting average and has hit 5 home runs.
Florida’s offense has missed Larson since May 26 when he was hit in the head by a pitch during the SEC Tournament. Saturday was Larson’s first game back, and the senior provided the biggest moment of the year to date.
Florida’s offense only managed four hits in eleven innings on Saturday, but the end result was a 2-1 win, and Florida is now only one win from a return to the College World Series.