Beloso Homer in Eleventh Seals Lsu Prevail Upon Florida

The highly anticipated opening game of the best-of-three men’s collegiate world championship series between SEC Powers Florida and LSU did not disappoint.

From clutch home runs to great on-field games to phenomenal pitching, especially LSU starter Ty Floyd hitting 17, there was a little bit of everything as the 5-seeded national tigers held off the 2-seeded Gators 4-3 in 11 front of a sold-out crowd

No home run was more clutch than the game-winning boom to right field by Tigers designated hitter Cade Beloso at the top of the 11th to ensure Floyd’s previous pitching skills weren’t wasted.

Floyd’s 17 strikeouts were the most in the MCWS since Oklahoma’s Ed Bane also scored 17 strikeouts in 1972. The most in a single game in MCWS is 20, set by Steve Arlin of Oklahoma State in 1965.

In addition to Beloso, Gavin Dugas and Tommy White also started for LSU. BT Riopelle met in the back-and-forth case for Florida.

LSU got on board first and just as quickly. Dylan Crews led off the game by being hit by a pitch and two outs after, after advancing to second on a groundout, Dugas delivered the first of his big hits of the night with an RBI single to score crews.

The Tigers were promoted 2-0 as Dugas started his homer on his next hit and led off the top of the third.

Floyd, meanwhile, made very few mistakes on the hill. But if he did, Florida was generally willing to make the most of it.

The Gators cut it to 2-1 in the bottom third as Cade Kurland went with one out and Wyatt Langford doubled, putting runners on second and third. Jac Caglianone then ripped a sharp grounder first, which LSU’s Tre’morgan struggled with – and although the Tigers were knocked out on first base, Kurland scored.

Two innings after at the end of the fifth, Ty Evans doubled to lead off the inning for the Gators, moving to third with a sacrifice. Kurland was then eliminated, scoring Evans to end the match 2-2.

It stayed that way until Riopelle and White traded home runs within two innings of each other, with Riopelle’s Outburst against the otherwise dominant Floyd giving the Gators a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth. But then White, the hero of LSU’s semifinal victory with a leadoff homer against Wake Forest in the 11th, matched it with his own homer in the top of the eighth.

Floyd, meanwhile, was busy making history. His 17 strikeouts were the most in an eight-inning stint in the MCWS. He beat Caglianone-the NCAA leader in season home runs with 31 – with a high fastball to end the eighth inning for his 17th strike.

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