Seed Florida Edges Tcu to Build Mcws Finals

2 National seed Florida beat TCU 3-2 Wednesday afternoon at Charles Schwab Field to advance to the best-of-three championship series of the men’s collegiate world series for the fourth time in program history.

Starting pitcher Jac Caglianone pitched 4 1/3 innings before UF head coach Kevin O’Sullivan went to the bullpen to finish off the Horned Frogs, who were eliminated.

Shortstop Josh Rivera hit a two-run homer in the top of the first inning to give the Gators a lead they held on to until TCU held on in the bottom of the eighth inning.

In the top of the ninth, second baseman Cade Kurland scored the on-base RBI single off pinch runner Michael Robertson for the winning run after Tyler doubled Shelnut and Robertson ran for him.

As Brandon got closer to Neely to polish off the horned frogs in the bottom of the inning, Florida earned its eighth straight NCAA Tournament victory and third straight with a single run in Omaha that year.

The game of the game was arguably Kurland’s bouncing ball to the hole at Shorstop, which he hit for a two-out single in the ninth game that Robertson scored. After Shelnut led off with a double, Robertson entered the game as a pinch runner. Pinch-hitter Dale Thomas then drew a bunt for the first out, followed by a deep drive to right by Colby Halter for the second out that put Robertson in third place.

Finally, Kurland’s bouncer scored Robertson to get the Gators back on top.

But if there was a match n ° 2 of the match, Robertson’s catch to end the match was just as dramatic, if not more dramatic, than the blow on the Curonian Spit, which produced the winning run. With two losses in the ninth game, TCU’s Brayden Taylor hit a ball deep into the midfield, which Robertson caught while jumping and hit the wall. Robertson took over midfield in the bottom of the ninth for defensive purposes as Wyatt Langford moved to left.

In Caglianone’s first MCWS starter, the second left-hander was wobbly but resilient. It took him 35 pitches to get out of the first inning, because he allowed one run. From there, he settled in before tiring in the fifth and being replaced by right-hander Ryan Safter. Caglianone lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing three hits, one run and three walks. He hit four in his 85-length outing and was given a no-decision.

TCU loaded the bases twice in the first five innings and could only muster one run. When Safter replaced Caglianone with an On and Out in the top of the fifth, he loaded the bases by allowing a single and a walk. However, Safter regrouped to beat Tre Richardson for the second out, bringing Kurtis Byrne back to second with a Pop-out to end the Inning.

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