Barely a week after the Gators saw many of their dynamic diamond studs taken in the 2012 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, they were taking on North Carolina State down in Gainesville.
The Gators took game one of the Super Regional round on Saturday afternoon by a score of 7-1 with a quality outing from Hudson Randall. The third-year pitcher went seven strong innings, surrendering only six hits with no runs.
Mike Zunino supplied a two-run home run in the seventh inning to cap off a 10 hit effort by a very dangerous Gator offense.
The University of Florida and N.C. State were back at it for game two on Sunday. After allowing a go ahead solo homer to N.C. State’s Chris Diaz, the Gators managed to force extra innings ending the ninth inning tied at seven. With a clutch blast in the tenth inning from the senior outfielder, Daniel Pigott, followed by a single from freshman Josh Tobias, scoring Casey Turgeon, the Gators advanced to the College World Series for the second straight year.
Jonathon Crawford couldn’t quite duplicate the magic of his recent no-hitter and gave up three earned runs in three and two-thirds innings. Luckily for the Gators, they were able to string together some clutch hits at key moments in the ball game.
After suffering a heart breaking sweep at the hands of the South Carolina Gamecocks in last year’s College World Series championship, the Gators are set to redeem that showing as they are ranked as a number one seed in this year’s tournament.
Head Coach, Kevin O’Sullivan, will look to ride the Gators’ swamp magic into Omaha, Neb. Florida will be looking to obtain that glorious first College World Series title. With a team filled with plenty of major league talent, O’Sullivan definitely has the tools to lead the Gators to victory.