Omaha, Neb. – The Florida Gators bagged their first College World Series against the LSU Tigers on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.
The baseball team from the University of Florida is basking in its glory for winning the school’s first world title in NCAA. The Florida Gators has played for 11 World Series and has earned 13 championships in SEC but not a single world title until tonight.
This is also team coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s first world championship title. He said the Gators are not the best team he had handled, but they gave him a trophy after 10 years as their coach.
On the other hand, LSU Coach Paul Mainieri expressed his happiness for O’Sullivan and the team for winning their first championship.
The champs took advantage of the Tigers’ errors at the beginning with Tyler Dyson hitting 3 in 6 innings during his second approach. This established the team’s momentum with 2-0 versus Jared Poche.
Things could have been different if not for two recalled innings from the LSU. Referees did not count the singles from Dalton Guthrie (shortstop) and JJ Schwarz (first baseman). It was in this situation when Guthrie was called for runner interference. Per rules, a player is called-out for interference if he changes the defender’s position and slides at the fielder’s direction.
It was a collective effort for the team with Jonathan India scored 2, one of which was a double. Liput had 1 run and 3 runs batted-in. Horvath scored a home run after getting hit by a pitch. Guthrie and Schwarz each gave a 2. All in all, it was the team’s defense that prevented LSU’s runs.
With this historic win, the Florida Gators now joins the elite few that won a World Championships: University of Michigan Wolverines, Ohio State University Buckeyes, and UCLA Bruins.