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Making plays, not ‘The Call,’ is why Gators are NCAA champs

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For LSU Tigers’ fans, what happened in the 7th inning of Florida’s College World Series-clinching win will be known as “The Call.” Gator fans might label it as “The Gift.” With runners on first and third with nobody out in the top of the 7th and LSU trailing only 2-1, Florida was conceding the tying run. Catcher Michael Papierski obliged, grounding to Gator second baseman Deacon Liput who flipped to shortstop Dalton Guthrie, who then fired to JJ Schwarz at…

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Gators look to write new CWS history in Game 1

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The College World Series finals begin Monday night featuring two teams from the same conference, but two distinctly different histories in Omaha. The SEC regular season co-champion LSU Tigers, gunning for their 7th national crown, face the co-champion Florida Gators, who are looking for their first national title. For the first 40 years of the college baseball championship round, the Tigers were a non-factor. The first champion was crowned in 1947, but LSU did not reach the CWS until 1986.…

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Gators complete season sweep over Seminoles, 8-2

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The second ranked Florida Gators used strong pitching, good defense and a few timely hits to defeat the Florida State Seminoles, 8-2 on Tuesday at Dick Howser Stadium. Florida’s victory completed a three-game season sweep over the Seminoles. Gator shortstop Dalton Guthrie made a huge difference in the game with both his bat and his glove, knocking in two runs and preserving a late-inning lead for Florida with a fine defensive play. Freshman Jackson Kowar started for the second time…

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