The first round of the 2017 College World Series finished with a Florida Gators victory, 3-0, over the TCU Horned Frogs, Sunday, June 18 at the T.D. Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. Florida will move on in the winners bracket of the double-elimination baseball tournament. They will face the Lousiville Cardinals in their next game on June 20.
Florida struck first in the bottom of the first inning. A double with two outs by Nelson Maldanado after a walk and fielding error by TCU led to the Gators leading 1-0 after the first. TCU pitcher Jared Janczak settled down in the second inning to hold Florida scoreless.
TCU came back in the third inning when they loaded the bases with one out. Florida pitcher Alex Faedo struck out the next two batters to quell the threat from the Horned Frogs.
Florida added to the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. With two men on and one out, Christian Hicks hit a single off of Janczak and brought in one run. TCU turned a double-play on the next batter to get out of the inning with minimal damage. The Gators led 2-0.
The bottom of the fifth inning began with three straight hits by the Gators to score their third run. Janczak was pulled from the game and freshman relief pitcher Cal Coghlin came on. With the bases loaded and one out, Florida hitter Mike Rivera hit into a second double-play to end the inning.
Faedo continued to pitch strong for seven full innings and recorded 11 strikeouts for Florida. He broke his own College World Series record for strikeouts from last year. Reliever Michael Byrne replaced Faedo in the eighth inning. He cruised through the last two innings to secure the shut-out win.
TCU moves on to the Elimination Bracket to face the Texas A&M Aggies, who lost to the Cardinals 8-4 in the earlier game on Sunday. The Gators and Aggies will take the field on June 20.
Written By D.T. Osborn
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