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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 beat LSU to win first College World Series title

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Florida scored four runs in the eighth inning to pull away from LSU, and the Gators beat their Southeastern Conference rival 6-1 Tuesday night to complete a two-game sweep in the College World Series finals for their first national title in baseball. The Gators (52-19) posted the eighth sweep in the 15 years of the best-of-three finals format, and first since 2013. LSU (52-20) lost for the first time in seven appearances in a championship game. Freshman Tyler Dyson (4-0)…

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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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Seminoles season ends in Omaha again; Gators in good position

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The Florida State baseball season ended with a loss in Omaha, Neb. on Wednesday night, just like it has 21 other times before. This time it was the LSU Tigers sending the Seminoles home from the College World Series with a 7-4 victory, meaning FSU Coach Mike Martin will have to wait another year. Unlike their first meeting, where LSU scored two late runs to snatch a 5-4 victory, the Tigers jumped out early and kept Florida State at arm’s…

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LSU manhandles Louisville in Citrus Bowl

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The LSU Tigers made Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson look like an average quarterback on Saturday in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl in Orlando. With Jackson unable to create a single touchdown, the Tigers rolled over the Louisville Cardinals 29-9. With LSU missing NFL-bound running back Leonard Fournette, backup Derrius Guice rumbled for 138 yards and a touchdown to help crush the Cardinals. Fournette sat out the game to avoid injury as he prepares for the NFL draft. Jackson…

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LSU, Louisville happy to be playing in Citrus Bowl

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Several fascinating matchups are in store for the 2016-17 bowl season. The Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando is certainly one of them. The LSU Tigers are among college football’s most prestigious programs over time while the Louisville Cardinals are on the verge of joining elite status through recent success. Both have big name players. This game is expected to feature the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner. Louisville’s Lamar Jackson is the favorite to win the…

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Winners and losers of Gators game switch to LSU

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So the Gators will be playing at LSU after all. Despite a firm assurance the game would only be played in The Swamp, Florida will be traveling in the direction of a real swamp in Louisiana. It has been an acrimonious two weeks between two of the SEC’s top programs. If a detailed account described in a Fox Sports publication called Outkick the Coverage accurately describes the last 10 days, Florida does not come off well. It details LSU providing…

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