After finishing as last year’s runner up in the CWS, Florida won’t even have a chance to play for the title this year. Despite rallying, the Gators squandered chances and fell to the Golden Flashes 5-4 today in Omaha, eliminating them from the postseason.
KSU got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. George Roberts laced an RBI single to bring Jimmy Rider home. The Flashes could’ve taken an even bigger lead, but they left two runners stranded.
They added more runs in the bottom of the second, though. Jason Bagoly singled, then reached second on a sac bunt from Alex Miklos. Miklos ended up getting to first thanks to a Gators error. Derek Toadvine laid down a sac bunt of his own to advance Bagoly to third.
Rider knocked an RBI single to bring Bagoly home, and David Lyon followed suit to make it 3-0 Flashes. Roberts got a base hit to bring Rider home before a ground out ended the inning. They left two men stranded again, or they could’ve really blown the game open.
Florida got on the board in the third, when Mike Zunino singled to bring Josh Tobias home. Tobias had been hit by a pitch to lead off the inning.
Kent State tacked on their final run in the bottom of the fourth. Rider doubled, went to third on a wild pitch, and came home on a second wild pitch to make the score 5-1.