2023 Men’s College World Series Results: Florida Destroys LSU to Force Decisive Game 3 in Omaha

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OMAHA, Neb. – If Florida finally wins the 2023 Men’s College World Series, the third inning of Game 2 – the start of what would prove to be a historic offensive performance by the Gators – will likely be remembered as the turning point.

Florida utterly dismantled LSU by a score of 24-4 on Sunday to force a decisive third game on Monday with the national championship on the line. Until that top of the third, however, LSU had designs on a sweep.

The Tigers led 1-0 after one and 3-1 after two. Florida starter Hurston Waldrep’s lack of control proved a poor match for the disciplined LSU lineup, which the splitter specialist worked 61 throws through the first two frames. Of those 61 pitches, only 28 were strikes.

Per baseline earnings forecast, Florida moving into third had more than a 75% chance of seeing their season end. However, the Gator bats got to work on those odds and never stopped piling up abuse throwing LSU.

The first four batters of the inning reached base before LSU left starter Nate Ackenhausen struckout. LSU shortstop Jordan Thompson mishandled a routine grounder to re-load the bases. At that point, LSU head coach Jay Johnson called freshman right-hander Gavin Guidry out of the bullpen. Guidry promptly recorded a strikeout for second out of the frame, bringing Florida right fielder Ty Evans to the plate. In his earlier plate appearance, Evans had lifted a homer down the left field line and managed to keep it just inside the post for the Gators’ first run of the game. With the game tied, bases loaded and two outs, Evans almost placed it in the same spot:

That six-run frame turned Florida’s 3-1 deficit into a 7-3 lead. LSU would be a threat in the bottom half, but reliever Blake Purnell and his low arm were able to spark a 6-4-3 double play to end the basesloaded threat and the inning. Purnell’s entry ensured that, on a day when the 20 mph wind was blowing steadily at Charles Schwab Field, neither starting pitcher would make it into the third inning.

Florida got another in the fourth inning on Thompson’s second error of the day—one of five LSU errors in Game 2—and in the sixth, Wyatt Langford scored three more insurance runs with his 20th home run of the season.

Langford went 5 for 5 on the day with a walk, six RBI and 10 bases. Immediately after Langord’s homer, Jac Caglianonone’s 32nd home run of 2023 made Florida 12-3. The No. 33 home run for Caglione came in the eighth inning. In total, the Gators homered six times on Sunday, scoring 23 unanswered runs and setting the MCWS record for most runs scored in a game.

While it’s certainly no consolation for LSU, star player Dylan Crews, who earlier on Sunday was named the winner of the 2023 Golden Spikes Award as the NCAA’s top player, reached base for the 74th straight game and set the school record for one season with his 96th point scored.

In Monday’s winner-take-all game, LSU is aiming for the seventh national baseball championship in school history, while Florida is aiming to hoist the plaque for a second time. Florida’s first and only national title came in 2017, when they defeated LSU in the final. The first pitch of Monday’s game is scheduled for a little after 7:00 PM ET/6:00 PM local time.

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