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The Florida Gators are facing elimination for the first time since Regionals after suffering a 4-3 defeat to the LSU Tigers Saturday night in game one of the College World Series Championship Series.

Florida entered postseason play as the nation’s No. 2 overall seed while the Bayou Bengals were named the No. 5 seed.

We will be following all the action from my couch in Gainesville, FL. The game is set to begin at 3:00 PM ET.

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Final: Gators 24, LSU 4

The two teams will meet Monday night for the national championship.

Bottom 9th

  • Beloso: H – groundout to first
  • (PH) Jones: BBFC – groundout to second
  • Jobert: SH- solo homer to center
  • (PH) Nippolt: CBFBH – groundout to first

Top 9th

  • Riopelle: CSFH – solo homer run
  • (PH) Talbott: BBFBSS – strikeout swinging
  • Shelnut: BSBBH – single up the middle, scored
  • (PH) Prevesk: FBH – single, E9, scored Shelnut, scored
  • Halter: FCBBH – RBI single, scored
  • (PH) Thomas: BBBB – walk, scored
  • (PH) Robertson: BCBSBFB – walk
  • (PH) Fabian: CH – 2RBI single
  • Rivera: FFS – strikeout swinging
  • Riopelle: BCSS – strikeout swinging
  • 5 R, 5 H, 1 E, 1 LOB

Florida sets the MCWS record for runs in a single game with 24!

Through eight, Florida leads LSU 19-3.

Bottom 8th

  • Parsons: CH – fly out to second
  • (PH) Kling: BCSB – single up the middle
  • (PH) Merrifield: H – lineout to left
  • (PH) Frey: SBFH – reached on E5
  • Dugas: FH – fielded choice
  • 0 R, 1 H, 1 E, 2 LOB

Top 8th

  • Shelnut: BBBB – walk
  • Evans: FSFBH – single up the middle
  • Halter: BBBCH – flyout to left-center
  • Kurland: H – groundout to pitcher
  • Langford: FFH – two-run double
  • Caglianone: 2-run home run
  • Rivera: BCH – groundout to short

Langford nearly gets the cycle but holds up at second. Caglianone hits homer #33 to break the BBCOR record in a single season.

Through seven, Florida leads LSU 15-3.

Bottom 7th

  • Beloso: CCBBFH – flyout to left
  • Travinski: H – groundout to third
  • Jobert: BCSX – HBP
  • Thompson: BSFS – strikeout swinging
  • O R, O H, O E, 1 LOB

Top 7th

  • Halter: CBSBFS – strikeout swinging, scored
  • Kurland: BBSFH – double to left
  • Langford: H – RBI double
  • Pitching change – RHP Little
  • Caglianone: FBH – RBI groundout to first
  • Rivera: CH – single to left
  • Rivera steals second, advances to third E2
  • Riopelle: BBBCCB – walk
  • Heyman: BFBSBS – strikeout swinging
  • 2 R, 3 H, 1 E, 2 LOB

Through six, Florida leads LSU 13-3.

Bottom 6th

  • White: CH – groundout to third
  • Morgan: FCBBH – groundout to first
  • Dugas: CBBFFS – strikeout swinging
  • O R, O H, O E, O LOB

Top 6th

  • Halter: FH – ground-rule double to right center, scored
  • Kurland: X – HBP, scored
  • Langford: SH – 3-run home run
  • Caglianone: SBH – Opposite Field HR
  • Rivera: FCH – Reached on E5, scored
  • Pitching change – RHP Money
  • Riopelle: BSSBBS – Strikeout swinging
  • Heyman: H – flyout to left
  • Shelnut: BSFH – RBI single
  • Evans: BBCFFFBH – groundout to pitcher
  • 5 R, 4 H, 1 E, 1 LOB

Through five, Florida leads LSU 8-3.

Bottom 5th

  • RHP Ficarrotta pitching for UF
  • Jobert: SBBCH – lineout to center
  • Thompson: BFBFBFH – flyout to center
  • Pearson: BCFBH – single to right
  • Crews: BFBFBH – groundout to third
  • 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

Top 5th

  • RHP Collins pitching for LSU
  • Riopelle: BH – single to center
  • Heyman: CBH – lineout to center
  • Shelnut: BFFFH – lineout to center
  • Evans: CSFS – strikeout swinging
  • O R, 1 H, O E, O LOB

Through four, Florida leads LSU 8-3.

Bottom 4th

  • Morgan: BBCBB – walk
  • Dugas: BCH – 6-4-3 double play
  • Beloso: CBBBB – walk
  • Travinski: BCFBH – fielder’s choice
  • 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB

Top 4th

  • Kurland: BCBBB – walk, scored
  • Langford: FH – single to second
  • Caglianone: BBH – fielder’s choice, run scores on E6
  • LSU challenges slide into second (confirmed)
  • Rivera: BFSC – strikeout looking
  • Caglianone caught stealing
  • 1 R, 1 H, 1 E, 0 LOB

Through three, Florida leads LSU 7-3.

Bottom 3rd

  • Jobert: BBBCB – walk
  • Thompson: BCBFS – strikeout swinging
  • Pearson: CBBBFFFB – walk
  • Crews: CFFB – hit by pitch
  • Pitching change – RHP Blake Purnell
  • White: BH – 6-4-3 double play
  • O R, 0 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

Purnell induces the double play to end the threat. Gators lead 7-3.

Top 3rd

  • Kurland: HBP, scored
  • Langford: CH – single to left, scored
  • Caglianone: H – RBI single to center, scored
  • Rivera: FSBH – RBI single, scored
  • Riopelle: CBBSC – strikeout looking
  • Heyman: CBH – reached on E-6, scored
  • Pitching change – RHP Gavin Guidry
  • Shelnut: SCS – strikeout swinging
  • Evans: H – Grand Slam
  • Halter: BSH – groundout to first
  • 6 R, 4 H, 1 E, 0 LOB

Ty Evans hits a grand slam to put the Gators ahead 7-3.

Through two, LSU leads Florida 3-1.

Bottom 2nd

  • Thompson: BFH – liner out to center
  • Pearson: BBBB – walk, scored
  • Crews: H – single to left, scored
  • White: FFBBFFH – RBI single
  • Morgan: BH – sac fly
  • Dugas: HBP
  • Beloso: BSBBB – walk
  • Travinski: CSBBFFFFH – groundout to third
  • 2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 3 LOB

Waldrep escapes another bases loaded jam, but he surrendered two more run and LSU retakes the lead 3-1.

Top 2nd

  • Heyman: CBFBS – strikeout swinging
  • Shelnut: CCS – strikeout swinging
  • Evans: CH – Solo Home Run
  • Halter: BBFH – flyout to right
  • 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB

Ty Evans hits one down the left field line. He stood at the plate not knowing if it would stay fair. It did and the Gators tie the game at one.

Through one, LSU leads Florida 1-0.

Bottom 1st

  • Crews: BH – single to left, scored
  • White: BSFBS – strikeout swinging
  • Morgan: BBBCH – groundout to short
  • Dugas: BCBH – RBI double
  • Beloso: BBBB – walk
  • Travinski: BSCBBB – walk
  • Jobert: BBH – groundout to second
  • 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 3 LOB

Waldrep manages to get the Tigers to leave the bases loaded, but he does give up one run and throws 29 pitches.

Top 1st

  • Kurland: SBFBBH – Legs out single
  • Langford: BBCBSB – Walk
  • Caglianone: CBH – Groundout to first
  • Rivera: BBCCS – strikeout swinging
  • Riopelle: BBFBFL – Strikeout looking
  • O R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB

Florida will serve as the ‘away’ team today.

2:45 PM – Pitching Matchup:

  • UF: Waldrep (10-3, 3.99 ERA)
  • LSU: Ackenhausen (3-0, 2.86 ERA)

2:40 PM – Florida’s lineup:

2:30 PM – LSU has released their starting lineup for today’s game:

1:50 PM – Check back at 2:30 PM for information on the starting lineup and any changes the Gators may make.

1:48 PM – Obvious opinion, Florida’s 1-3 hitters have to be productive at the plate if Florida is going to win. As a team, the Gators are hitting just .214 since arriving in Omaha. The 1-3 hitters have gone just 8-52 (.154) in the College World Series. They have to play the role of catalyst.

1:46 PM – The Gators will be starting RHP Hurston Waldrep who has absolutely dazzled in post-season play. He’s given up just one run in 21 innings and struck out 37 (15.9 K/9).

1:45 PM – Florida arrived at Charles Schwab Field just after 1:00 PM.

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