Gators beat Noles advance to the CWS


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – After sweeping the regular season series, including the game here in Jacksonville, Florida needed another two game sweep against Florida State to advance to the College World Series.

They completed that task Monday night in Gainesville beating the Seminoles 7-0 and winning the Super Regional two games to one.

After taking the lead 1-0 on a wild pitch in the first. Florida used the long ball. A solo home run by Peter Alonso in the third made it 2-0, and JJ Schwarz's grand slam in the fifth inning made it 6-0.

With one of their top pitchers A.J. Puk the starter, Florida was hoping their formula of good pitching and solid defense would carry them to victory.  Puk only lasted 3 and two-thirds innings but Dane Dunning held the Seminoles at bay until the 9th when Shaun Anderson came on to preserve the shutout. It was the third shutout of the series.

Now headed to the College World Series in Omaha, Florida will face Coastal Carolina in their opening game Sunday night at 8 p.m. The Gators return to the CWS under Kevin O'Sullivan for the fifth time in nine seasons. The Gators have yet to bring home the trophy.

Last Thursday's Major League Baseball Draft showed how talented the Gators roster is. Five of the first 48 selections were Gators. 

Florida joins Texas Tech and Miami as the only top eight seeds to advance to Omaha.