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    The Florida Gators avenged a 1-0 loss to Virginia and live to play another game in Omaha. / Gator Country photo by David Bowie

Florida Gators win
10-5, survive another day

Written by Nick de la Torre, June 19, 2015, 2 Comments,
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For two and a half innings it looked like the Virginia Cavaliers were simply a puzzle that the Florida Gators couldn’t solve. The Gators had been shut out for just the third time this season on Monday and weren’t coming close to Cavs starter Nathan Kirby — who was making his first start since April.

Then the Florida bats figured Kirby out and the onslaught came. Florida scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning — the fourth time they have scored four or more runs in an inning during the College World Series — and that would be all that Logan Shore needed.

Dalton Guthrie led the inning off with a one-out single and aggressive base running allowed him to advance all the way to third on a Ryan Larson single up the middle. The aggressive base running paid off when Guthrie was able to score on a weakly hit ground ball to second by Harrison Bader, tying the game. Richie Martin left little doubt with a double to right field that scored Larson. Josh Tobias singled home Martin and later scored on a passed ball to give Florida a 4-1 advantage.

Logan Shore took that lead and ran with it. The sophomore kept his pitch count down and dispatched of the Cavaliers after allowing a lone run in the first inning. Shore worked quickly and efficiently through the middle innings and the bats came alive again in the sixth.

Josh Tobias took a pitch off of his left leg, JJ Schwarz singled to center and Pete Alonso walked to load the bases with no outs. Mike Rivera singled home a run and Guthrie walked to bring in another run. When it was all said and done, the Gators scored five runs on four hits and stranded two runners, leaving the sixth with a 9-1 lead.

It was the fourth time the Gators had scored three or more runs in a single inning this College World Series, a feat that had only been accomplished three times before by all teams combined since the World Series moved to TD Ameritrade Park.

Florida would add another run in the seventh, while Shore and Bobby Poyner combined to give Virginia four runs in the seventh and eighth innings.

The win gives Florida at least one more day in Omaha, where they will face Virginia for the third time in a week with the winner advancing to the championship series and the loser packing their bags.

Nick de la Torre

About Nick de la Torre

A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC

  1. gatorboyJune 19, 2015, 9:59 pm

    The win gives Florida one more day in Omaha? We beat the hell out of them!

  2. malscottJune 19, 2015, 10:08 pm

    Let’s hope they have three more wins in them…Go Gators.

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For two and a half innings it looked like the Virginia Cavaliers were simply a puzzle that the Florida Gators couldn’t solve. The Gators had been shut out for just the third time this season on Monday and weren’t coming close to Cavs starter Nathan Kirby — who was making his first start since April.

Then the Florida bats figured Kirby out and the onslaught came. Florida scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning — the fourth time they have scored four or more runs in an inning during the College World Series — and that would be all that Logan Shore needed.

Dalton Guthrie led the inning off with a one-out single and aggressive base running allowed him to advance all the way to third on a Ryan Larson single up the middle. The aggressive base running paid off when Guthrie was able to score on a weakly hit ground ball to second by Harrison Bader, tying the game. Richie Martin left little doubt with a double to right field that scored Larson. Josh Tobias singled home Martin and later scored on a passed ball to give Florida a 4-1 advantage.

Logan Shore took that lead and ran with it. The sophomore kept his pitch count down and dispatched of the Cavaliers after allowing a lone run in the first inning. Shore worked quickly and efficiently through the middle innings and the bats came alive again in the sixth.

Josh Tobias took a pitch off of his left leg, JJ Schwarz singled to center and Pete Alonso walked to load the bases with no outs. Mike Rivera singled home a run and Guthrie walked to bring in another run. When it was all said and done, the Gators scored five runs on four hits and stranded two runners, leaving the sixth with a 9-1 lead.

It was the fourth time the Gators had scored three or more runs in a single inning this College World Series, a feat that had only been accomplished three times before by all teams combined since the World Series moved to TD Ameritrade Park.

Florida would add another run in the seventh, while Shore and Bobby Poyner combined to give Virginia four runs in the seventh and eighth innings.

The win gives Florida at least one more day in Omaha, where they will face Virginia for the third time in a week with the winner advancing to the championship series and the loser packing their bags.

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