College Baseball: Florida beats Wake, earns third-straight CWS berth
GAINESVILLE, Fla.— It was a fitting finish to the Gainesville Super Regional, as Florida ace Alex Faedo recorded the final six outs to send the Gators to the College World Series on the same night he was selected in the first round of the MLB Draft.
Florida (47-18) shut out the potent Wake Forest (43-20) as three pitchers combined to limit the Demon Deacons to just four hits in UF's 3-0 win on Monday night.
With the win, the Gators advance to the College World Series for the third year in a row and sixth time in the past eight seasons. This will be UF's 11th trip to the CWS in school history with the past six coming under head coach Kevin O'Sullivan.
TCU, Florida's next opponent (Sunday, 7 p.m. ET), has made five CWS appearances since 2010. No other team in the nation has made more than three trips to Omaha in that span.
Sophomore Brady Singer started the winner-take-all, Game 3 of the Super Regional and pitched two shutout innings before the skies opened and the rains came down.
After the delay, freshman Tyler Dyson took over and had a career-long outing, throwing five shutout innings before handing the ball to Faedo to start the eighth inning.
JJ Schwarz provided the big blast at the plate, delivering a two-run homer into the left field parking lot that gave Florida a 3-0 lead after three innings, which would prove to be more than enough.
Florida jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Jonathan India led off with a double to left field and moved to third on Deacon Liput's single.
Mike Rivera hit a grounder through the left side that scored India for the early lead.
Singer drew the start on the mound and was dominant through two innings, however, mother nature intervened and halted the game after the second inning and forced the Gators to go to the bullpen.
After a delay of three hours and 14 minutes, Dyson was charged with the task of quieting the Wake Forest bats.
Dyson proved more than capable. After surrendering a leadoff single, he retired the next 13 batters he faced.
Combined with two scoreless innings in the resumption of Game 2, Dyson tossed seven scoreless innings on Monday with two hits allowed and 10 strikeouts.
At the plate, Schwarz's home run increased the Gators lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the third inning. Schwarz has totaled six home runs and 14 RBIs in Super Regional play in eight career Super Regional games.
Florida had a few chances throughout the game but couldn't add to its lead before Faedo took the mound to start the eighth inning.
After being selected by 18th overall the Detroit Tigers earlier this evening, Faedo made his first relief appearance since April 7, 2015 – ending a streak of 43-straight starts.
Faedo, who owns the school's best career winning percentage (26-6, .814), recorded the final six outs to send the Gators to Omaha.