June 18, 2017
The Gators open the College World Series on Sunday night with a victory over Texas Christian to snap a three-game losing streak in Omaha.
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
FLORIDA 3, TEXAS CHRISTIAN 0
WHAT HAPPENED: The Gators snapped a three-game losing streak in Omaha by defeating TCU at TD Ameritrade Park on Sunday night. The win was Florida’s first in the College World Series since a 10-5 win over eventual national champion Virginia in 2015. Alex Faedo tossed seven shutout innings, closer Michael Byrne earned his 17th save and the Gators scored a run in the first, fourth and fifth innings to ride another stellar outing from Faedo to victory. Faedo faced little trouble against the Horned Frogs and retired the final 10 batters he faced before UF coach Kevin O’Sullivan turned the game over to Byrne for the final six outs.
PLAY OF THE GAME: The Gators led 1-0 in the top of the third inning when Faedo faced a bases-loaded jam with one out. The Horned Frogs had loaded the bases on a pair of walks by Faedo and a fielder’s choice that resulted in a throwing error by shortstop Dalton Guthrie. Faedo struck out TCU’s No. 2 hitter, Zach Humphreys, for the second out. That brought up Horned Frogs slugger Evan Skoug and his 20 homers and 67 RBIs. Faedo punched him out on a slider to end the inning and keep momentum in UF’s dugout.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: You know who. Hint: his initials are AF. Yes, Faedo took the mound and did what an ace is supposed to do in the CWS, pitching seven scoreless innings. He allowed only two hits, two walks and struck out 11, a CWS-record for a UF pitcher. Faedo has 33 strikeouts in 20 postseason innings, allowing just one run.
STAGGERING STATISTIC: TCU starter Jared Janczak entered the game 9-0 with 91 strikeouts and just 19 walks in 82 1/3 innings this season. Janczak walked a career-high five batters in four innings to suffer his first loss.
UP NEXT: The Gators stay in the winner’s bracket and face Louisville on Tuesday night at 7 ET. Louisville (53-10) defeated Texas A&M on Sunday afternoon, 8-4.