WHAT HAPPENED: The Gators accomplished their lengthy street out of the losers’ bracket within the Gainesville Regional with a 3rd consecutive do-or-die victory, beating Texas Tech 6-0 on Monday afternoon at Condron Ballpark. Florida overcame a loss in certainly one of its first two video games of a regional to win the regional title for the primary time since 1998. To take action, Florida beat Connecticut and Texas Tech on Sunday, after which defeated the Purple Raiders once more on Monday. The Gators superior to a Tremendous Regional for the primary time since 2018.
PLAY OF THE GAME: It could be simple to say the scorched house run hit by Wyatt Langford within the high of the second that accounted for the Gators’ first run of the sport. That was yet one more than Texas Tech scored. However Langford’s most memorable contribution Monday was when he stole two bases on one play within the fifth. After reaching on an error by Texas Tech shortstop Will Burns, the Purple Raiders shifted arduous proper for left-handed hitting Jac Caglianone. Langford took off and stole second, and with third baseman Kevin Bazzell taking the throw from catcher Dylan Maxcey, Langford beat Bazzell in a foot race to 3rd for an extra stolen base. He scored on Josh Rivera’s single to place UF forward 4-0.
STAGGERING STAT: Gators catcher BT Riopelle was 0-for-15 with eight strikeouts within the Gainesville Regional till he introduced his presence in Monday’s championship sport with two two-run homers.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The Gators had been nursing a 1-0 lead within the backside of the fourth when Rivera led off with a single towards new Texas Tech pitcher Josh Sanders. Riopelle blasted the primary pitch he noticed from Sanders out of the ballpark for a two-run homer and 3-0 Gators lead. Riopelle delivered once more within the fifth, smacking one other two-run homer that gave the Gators a 6-0 lead and despatched the introduced crowd of 5,881 at Condron Ballpark right into a frenzy.
KEY MOMENT: How about when Gators coach Kevin O’Sullivan determined to start out reliever Ryan Larson on Monday. Larson was glorious, tossing 5 shutout innings for his team-high tenth win. Larson took the mound Monday with solely two begins amongst his 23 appearances. Nonetheless, he pitched as if a member of the beginning rotation all season. He restricted the Purple Raiders to 3 hits and two walks. He struck out one and hit a greater in a 56-pitch effort earlier than relievers Philip Abner and Brandon Neely closed the victory.
BY THE NUMBERS: 25 – Years since Florida received three consecutive do-or-die video games to win a regional championship. The Gators overcame a loss to Baylor within the second sport to beat Richmond, Wake Forest and Illinois in 1998; 6 – Dwelling runs hit in 4 video games for the Gators within the regional, together with three on Monday.
PLAYER QUOTE: “I am very excited for our crew. I did not do something. I simply caught all of the pitches they threw to me. Their stuff is immaculate. What’s good for us is that we’re taking part in a well-recognized opponent. We didn’t have success earlier than. We’re a assured bunch and we’re able to take it into subsequent week.” – Gators catcher BT Riopelle on his crew’s pitching
- Florida is now 123-83 all-time within the NCAA Match. The Gators are 86-51 in NCAA Regional play. UF is internet hosting its nineteenth NCAA Regional whereas making the thirty eighth regional look in program historical past. Florida has hosted 12 out of a doable 15 regionals within the O’Sullivan period.
- Florida is now 3-3 all-time vs. Texas Tech, all of which have taken place within the postseason within the O’Sullivan period.
UP NEXT: The Gators will host Southeastern Convention rival South Carolina in a best-of-three NCAA Tremendous Regional beginning later this week. Instances and date TBA. That is the ninth NCAA Tremendous Regional for the Gators in O’Sullivan’s 16 seasons.