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Previewing the all-SEC College World Series Finals between Florida and LSU

Alfredo Watts | 27 June, 2017, 07:53

Jared Poche' (12-3, 3.33) will pitch Tuesday, and Alex Lange would be the likely starter in a Game 3.

O'Sullivan mentioned relievers like freshman Sam Dyson and sophomore closer Michael Byrne as options for Tuesday, and while he said Faedo, the 18th-overall pick in the 2017 Major League Baseball draft, is probably off limits in game three, he didn't slam the door completely.

Florida got a dominant performance from Brady Singer, a big defensive play when LSU was threatening and just enough offense. The Tigers then took down the Beavers in back-to-back games - 3-1 in game one and 6-1 in game two - to advance to the CWS Finals.

"It's a tough day when you've had such a great year", Beavers coach Pat Casey said.

Nothing Louisiana State encounters in the College World Series championship series will be any more daunting than the task the Tigers had to complete to get there.

"I knew I had to get ahead today because they're a scrappy team that likes to put the ball in play and work long at-bats", Gilbert said. "Even though there will only be one victor at the end, I think both teams are very deserving of being here, and I think we'll have great ball games".

The Tigers will face TCU/Florida in the best-of-three series beginning Monday in Omaha, Nebraska.

Mainieri will need contributions from other members of the bullpen in the series opener Monday against Florida (6 p.m. Central/ESPN).

"It helps that we've had to bounce back all year", Christian Hicks said. It was just what we thought was best at the time and I think we've made plenty of good decisions throughout the year.

The Beavers managed only a season-low two hits on Friday and the three against Gilbert and Hess on Saturday. Beau Jordan had a successful squeeze bunt in the first game and a solo homer in the second game. In three games back in March, Florida beat LSU twice, which includes allowing one or less runs in those two victories.

The TCU dugout watches as they trail in the seventh inning of an NCAA College World Series baseball elimination game against Florida in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, June 24, 2017.

Schwarz, son of former Major Leaguer Jeff Schwarz and brother of former Gators softball standout Taylor Schwarz, is sixth all-time in runs batted-in at Florida.

Outfielder Nelson Maldonado is batting.303 for Florida with nine doubles, six homers and 32 RBI. "Probably the only person that's happier than (Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan) and I is Greg Sankey, the commissioner of the SEC". On TV, this year's CWS provided the highest-rated CWS early-round since 2014, and ties for second-highest rated early-round on record*.

The LSU basketball team is now in its offseason program and new Tigers head coach Will Wade gave an update on how his first few months with the team have gone during a teleconference for SEC coaches Monday morning.

The Gators enter the College World Series a banged up bunch. The Beavers had a tremendous run going 56-4 before losing two straight games to the LSU Tigers. LSU is 6-0 in its previous final game/series appearances.

Record against common opponents: 27-6 - 3-0 against Alabama, 3-1 against Arkansas, 3-0 against Auburn, 2-0 against Florida State, 3-0 against Georgia, 2-2 against Kentucky, 2-1 against Ole Miss, 5-0 against Mississippi State, 1-0 against Missouri, 3-1 against SC, 0-1 against TCU.