The Florida Gators are going back to the College World Series! On Monday night, the Gators the arch rival Florida Stater Seminoles to become the only SEC team to make it to Omaha in 2016. After dropping the first game of the best of three series 3-0, suffering their second shutout loss all season, Florida not only did not allow FSU to win another game, but they did not even allow them to score.
Logan Shore shut the door on the Noles in Game Two going eight shutout innings in a 5-0 Gators win. Then in Game Three it was Dan Dunning to the rescue in the fourth inning when control issues again cropped up for Oakland As draft pick A.J. Puk. Dunning took over with two outs in the top of the fourth with the Gators up 2-0 and held the Seminoles scoreless through the eighth inning. In both games, Shaun Anderson came on in the ninth to close out the wins.
The Gators hitting attack got going late in Game Two when holding on to a 2-0 lead late in the game, the Gators scored three more runs after the seventh inning. Deacon Liput got a big two out hit in the eighth to make it 4-0 as two runs came in on the play. Then Peter Alonso and J. J. Schwarz hit two out doubles in the ninth to make it 5-0.
In the first inning of Game Three, Dalton Guthrie led off with a single, then an error on Buddy Reed’s grounder up the middle put two runners on with no outs. But Reed was then picked off and Alonso struck out to put the inning in peril. But Guthrie scored on a wild pitch to make it 1-0. That as it turned out was all the offense Florida needed.
But they would get more. Alonso homered in his second at bat to make it 2-0. Then Schwarz hit a grand slam in the fifth to put the game on ice at 6-0. From there it was a matter of counting down the outs. And Dunning got them with relative ease.
Now the Gators will move on to face the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in their first game at the College World Series in Omaha. Florida will be trying win their first Men’s College World Series and become one of only a handful of school’s to win National Championships in football, basketball and baseball.