Gators headed to CWS finals, Alex Faedo sets strikeout record

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The Gators seek their first trophy in their 11th all-time trip to Omaha, advancing to the finals for the third time behind stellar pitching against TCU Saturday night.

Familiarity will be a focus in the best-of-three set as the co-SEC regular season champs meet at the sport's grandest stage. "I think both teams are happy with who is in the finals". "And now isn't the time to really think about that or talk about it", Casey said after his team's loss to LSU.

OMAHA-On Saturday night, Louisiana State head coach Paul Mainieri found himself doing something he never does-and won't do again anytime soon. "And that weekend has absolutely no bearing on what is going to happen here in the next few days". But he has some unfinished work left to accomplish as LSU prepares to take on Florida for the title, starting on Monday, June 26. So both teams are here for a reason. Gilbert, who replaced injured starter Eric Walker in the rotation, gave up the one earned run on two hits with one walk and seven strikeouts to improve to 7-1 on the season.

Faedo and the Gators shut out TCU (50-18) for the second time this week by matching 3-0 scores. Back on March 25, the sophomore righty (8-5; 3.18 ERA) tossed a complete game six-hitter against the Tigers. Singer said his slider and change-up working well that day, producing a lot of ground ball outs.

The Gators are in the CWS final for the first time since 2011.

From there, the Tigers' pitching kept the Beavers quiet. "After that, the wind helped a little bit".

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Steven Kwan hit a ball that was fair off the top of the wall below the left-field foul pole - but the ball was ruled foul.

Advantage Gators, though it's close, bolstered by fresh relievers Tyler Dyson and Michael Byrne.

"It's been very challenging throughout the year", O'Sullivan said. But I can ask for a review, and I didn't. He was no stranger to big moments, but the Tigers were just hoping he'd keep them in the game for four or five innings. Oregon State had only five hits over two games on Friday and Saturday.

Trevor Larnach then worked a bases-loaded walk after falling behind 0-2 in the count, plating Michael Gretler with the Beavers' run. The lefty senior said ending his career in Omaha is a dream come true.

What you've got Saturday, as a result, are two bouts the caliber of main-event billing. Entering the year, Florida had just one shutout in 35 College World Series games. Jared Poche (12-3, 3.33) will pitch Tuesday, and Alex Lange would be the likely starter if the series goes to Game 3. The Beavers were 0-for-9 to lead off an inning against Lange on Friday, 0-for-5 with runners on base and 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.

"It's going to be an SEC showdown [against LSU]", Maldonado said. "I just had all the faith in the world in my teammates and my coaching staff and just really went out there and pitched my game, tried to attack early with a heater and get ahead and trust my defense behind me". Jordan hit a double before Papierski's first homer and a solo home run.Robertson ended a 1-for-18 slump in the College World Series by collecting three singles and drawing a walk.Only four Tigers players had a hit - Robertson, Papierski, Jordan and Duplantis.Brandon Eisner allowed Papierski's second home run.Drew Rasmussen, who was expected to start for Oregon State, gave up one run and three hits in 4.1 innings of relief.Papierski was the first player to hit two home runs in a College World Series game in seven years.

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