Florida and Louisiana State University have reached the “College World Series Finals.” TCU’s win on Friday spoiled Florida’s hope that Faedo, Singer and Jackson Kowar would be pitching in that order during the finals.
Florida and Louisiana State University have reached the “College World Series Finals.” Caleb Gilbert held Oregon State for “two hits in seven” and a “third innings,” and Louisiana State had won by 6-1 as Michael Papierski “homered from both sides of the plate” on Saturday.
On Monday, the Tigers will be opening the “best of three” series against Florida, which is hoping for its 1st title. It previously won two of three of its regular-season’s games against Louisiana State University, which had last won the title back in 2009. That win marked the third win in a row for LSU. This includes its victories against Oregon State following its 13-1 loss against the Beavers.
“To lose four games the entire season, and we beat them two days in a row, it’s hard to predict those things to happen, but that’s why you have to play the games,” said Paul Mainieri, the Tigers’ Coach. “Our kids embraced the challenge.”
Oregon State had not lost any games in a row since its losing streak back in May 2016.
“It’s a surreal feeling to be able to pitch your team, when the back’s against the wall in an elimination game, into the College World Series final,” Caleb Gilbert said.
Michael Papierski became the 1st player in a Series game to “homer” twice since 2010’s homer by Bryan Holaday from TCU. Papierski got a “three-run” homer from the left as well as the right side in the second and fourth innings respectively.
Eric Walker unfortunately will not be pitching again during this season after injuring his arm on Monday during the game against Oregon state.
Comments on the Finalists
Florida had hoped that it will have “Faedo, Singer and Jackson Kowar” pitching in that particular order during the finals. However, TCU’s win on Friday ruined the plan.
Kevin O’Sullivan, Florida’s coach, said: “I’m assuming Poche will go Game 1 and we’ve obviously got (Brady) Singer. We’ve got to figure out Game 2. Obviously they’re probably in the same similar situation. They’ll have Lange in Game 3, if it got to that point.”
O’Sullivan said that Faedo is unlikely to pitch before Wednesday’s Game. “Maybe Tyler Dyson gets a start, that type of thing,” O’Sullivan said. “So we’ll see. The only thing I’m worried about right now is Monday night with Singer.”