Omaha, Neb. – The University of Florida used a combination of solid pitching and timely hitting to sweep Louisiana State University in the 2017 College World
Series finals. Florida scored four runs in the eighth inning to pull away from LSU, and the Gators beat their Southeastern Conference rival 6-1 Tuesday night to complete a two-game sweep in the College World Series finals for their first national title in baseball.An interference call on LSU baserunner Jake Slaughter at second base cost the Tigers a run Tuesday night in the seventh inning of Game 2 of the College World Series finals.
The Gators (52-19) posted the eighth sweep in the 15 years of the best-of-three finals format, and first since 2013.
LSU (52-20) lost for the first time in seven appearances in a championship game.
Freshman Tyler Dyson (4-0) limited the Tigers to three hits in six innings in only his second start, and the Gators capitalized on LSU errors in the first and second innings to go up 2-0 against Jared Poche’ (12-4).
Down 2-1 in the seventh, LSU had what would have been the tying run sent back to third base because of a runner interference call at second on a double-play ball.
In the eighth, the Tigers failed to push across a run after having runners on the corners with no outs.
It was the Gators first national championship in college baseball after qualifying for the College World Series Tournament 11 times. This gives UF championships in all three major sports – baseball, basketball, and football.
Notes: The Associated Press contributed to this report. Photos from Gatorcountry.com.