Sunday, May 25, 2014

SEC Championship: #12 UF vs #8 LSU

The Gators fell to the LSU Tigers by a score of 2-0 in the SEC Tournament Final today. Karsten Whitson was masterful on the mound today for Florida as the redshirt junior tossed 6 and 1/3 shutout innings on route to a no decision. The highlight of Whiston's performance was his ability to get a double play ground ball to get him out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the 6th inning.

Ryan Harris came into relieve Whitson and gave up what would be the game winning two-run home run for LSU with two outs in the top of the eighth inning. Freshmen Tyler Deel and Dane Dunning relieved him and pitched a scoreless ninth inning. Offensively, there really isn't much to say. The Gator bats were silent today as they only mustered three hits. No Gator reached second base after the first inning. The Gators who did reach base were erased by double plays.

To lose the SEC Championship like this is a heartbreaker for the baseball team as they were the #1 seed coming into the tournament. However, there is still much more baseball to be played. The Gators will most likely receive the #1 overall national seed (just like the basketball team did) tomorrow on Selection Monday and will be hosting a regional in Gainesville. This loss should motivate the team going forward. Their opponents and game times will be announced when available.

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