baseball-d1 flag

Kevin Brockway | Gainesville Sun | June 20, 2017

It's Brady Singer's turn to keep Florida Gators rolling at CWS

  Florida's Brady Singer has become a fan favorite after some emotional outings in the Super Regional.

Florida is hoping its pitching and defense formula will continue to fuel a deep run in the College World Series.

The third-national seed Gators (48-18) will next face seven seed Louisville (53-10) today at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. ( 7 p.m. ESPN).

Florida advanced to the winner's bracket following a 3-0 win over TCU on Sunday night. Junior righty Alex Faedo and sophomore righty Michael Byrne combined for UF's first shutout in a CWS game since 1991.

RELATED: Florida's title hopes start, end on mound

Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan said sophomore righty Brady Singer (7.5, 3.29 ERA) will start against Louisville.

Singer pitched six scoreless innings in UF's Super Regional series against Wake Forest. He'll face a Louisville lineup led by two-way standout Brendan McKay, who is batting .340 with 17 home runs and 56 RBIs. As a team this season, Louisville is batting .290 with 70 home runs.

"It just comes down to our guy on the mound," O'Sullivan told reporters following UF's win in Omaha on Sunday night. "And if he executes, we've got a chance. If he doesn't, you know, we won't be successful.

"But I do know this: If Brady throws like he's been throwing as well as, he's similar to Alex, he's been a little bit different the last couple of weeks as well, so we'll see."

In its third straight trip to the College World Series, Florida won its first game in Omaha since 2015 after going two-and-out last year.

RELATED: Dalton Guthrie's glove work helps Florida get to CWS in Omaha

"It's definitely a little sigh of relief," Florida shortstop Dalton Guthrie said. "And you don't want to start out playing from the loser's bracket and have to play -- I think it would be four games to get into the finals. Getting the first one out of the way is the biggest one. It's nice to be on the right side of it this time."

A win Tuesday night would put Florida in strong position to reach the CWS Finals Series for the first time since 2011.

"Going two and out was tough on us, the whole team, coaching staff, everything," Faedo said. "But I think once we got back to Gainesville, didn't take too much time to get to work, and we remember especially the juniors and seniors that were here freshman year, or my freshman year, when you win here, it's just -- it's no feeling like it. So we've been putting a lot of effort to get back on the winning side of things."

Florida didn't have its cleanest game in its opening win against TCU. Guthrie had a pair of errors, uncharacteristic for UF's slick fielding shortstop. The Gators left 10 runners on base, but did enough offensively, scoring on a JJ Schwarz RBI groundout and RBI singles from Christian Hicks and Nelson Maldonado.

Maldonado was forced to leave the TCU game in the eighth inning after rolling his ankle, but O'Sullivan said he should be fine for the Louisville game.

"We played uncharacteristically (on) defense, we made some errors," O'Sullivan said. "But I think the first game out here you get some nerves and stuff like that and I'm sure we'll be better as we move forward."

This article is written by Kevin Brockway from Gainesville Sun and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

 

When does the 2019 college football season start?

Since Clemson beat Alabama in January, we’ve all been wondering the same thing: When does the 2019 college football season start?
READ MORE

10 track and field athletes to watch in the 2019 NCAA championships

The NCAA track and field championships features some of the fittest and fastest athletes in the country every year, and 2019 is no exception. Here are the five female and five male athletes you won't want to miss.
READ MORE

NCAA softball tournament 2019: Region-by-region preview

The 2019 NCAA Division I softball tournament kicks off Thursday with the first regional games, and here’s everything you need to know about the 64 teams competing for a spot in Oklahoma City. 
READ MORE
Division I
College World Series
June 15-26, 2019
TD Ameritrade Park | Omaha, NE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners