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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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Alex Faedo pitches Gators into College World Series finals

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Alex Faedo pitched three-hit ball for 7 1/3 shutout innings in a second straight strong performance against TCU, and Florida moved to the College World Series finals with a 3-0 win Saturday night. No. 3 national seed Florida (50-19) will play Southeastern Conference rival LSU in the best-of-three finals beginning Monday night. Fourth-seeded LSU (52-18) advanced with a 6-1 win over No. 1 Oregon State on Saturday. TCU (50-18) had beaten the Gators 9-2 on Friday to force the winner-take-all…

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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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Gators, Seminoles win showdowns, advance to Super Regional

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Things were dicey for the Florida Gators baseball team on Monday, but when everything played out, they put away the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats to earn a spot in the Super Regional. For the Wildcats, they were not able to continue their magical run and ended the season with a 36-25 record. As the game moved into the sixth inning, neither team could manage to put a run across the board. Part of the reason for the was the star of the…

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