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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 blank TCU in College World Series; FSU faces must-win on Monday

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The Florida Gators used strong pitching from Alex Faedo and a couple of timely hits to defeat the TCU Horned Frogs 3-0 Sunday in the College World Series. The win is a much better start in Omaha for Florida than last year when they lost both games and went home early. Faedo was drafted in the first round by the Detroit Tigers in the recent MLB Draft. He looked every bit the part of a first rounder with the way…

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FSU/UF both win in Super Regional walk-offs

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Almost everything that could go wrong was going wrong for the Florida State Seminoles in Saturday’s first game of their Super Regional series against the Sam Houston State Bearkats. They had early fielding bunts, hit a batter with the bases load, hit into a triple play and was picked off second to end a big rally. Despite the adversity and trailing throughout the entire game, Florida State hung in, clawed back and eventually escaped with a 7-6 walk-off victory. It…

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NCAA Baseball Tournament providing June Madness

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Just call it June Madness. Crazy upsets are the norm in basketball every March, but the first day of regional play in NCAA Baseball Tournament produced some unlikely outcomes. In Tallahassee, the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles scored three runs over the final two innings to stun Florida State 3-1, sending the Seminoles into the loser’s bracket. Florida State starter Drew Parrish did not allow a runner to reach second base through the 7th inning. After he departed in the 8th,…

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