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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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Seminoles stay alive in College World Series; Gators to face Louisville on Tuesday

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Florida State will fight on. Facing elimination at the College World Series against Cal State Fullerton on Monday, the Seminoles survived the Titans 6-4 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. After a solo home run by first baseman Drew Mendoza put FSU ahead 3-1 in the top of the 6th, the Seminoles gave up the lead in the bottom half. Titan shortstop Timmy Richards’ two-run homer capped a three-run inning to give CSF a 4-3 lead. The play of…

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Gators/Miami CWS final a distinct possibility

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Many expected the College World Series, which opens Saturday, would be populated by multiple teams from the SEC and ACC. The two conferences earned six of the top eight national seeds, led by number one seed Florida. Louisville was number two and Miami earned the third seed. Only the Gators and Hurricanes made it to Omaha. Texas Tech, at No. 5, is the only other national seed to make the final eight. Both are making their second straight appearance in…

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