Although Florida entered the College World Series as the No. 1 overall seed, two straight losses sent the Gators home short of their ultimate goal.
Florida lost to No. 5 Texas Tech 3-2 on Tuesday after losing to Coastal Carolina over the weekend to set up the elimination game. It’s not how the Gators, who were seeking their first ever national championship, expected the tournament to play out.
Things looked grim for the top-ranked Gators after Texas Tech tacked on a third run in the top of the ninth inning to give them a 3-0 lead. Florida’s comeback bid gained life when first baseman Pete Alonso drilled a two-run homer with nobody out.
Unfortunately, that was all the offense the Gators could muster. Designated hitter JJ Schwarz struck out, catcher Mike Rivera popped out and third baseman Jonathan India was thrown out trying to leg out a double, ending the game.
The loss overshadows a brilliant performance from starting pitcher Alex Faedo. The freshman pitcher recorded nine strikeouts, the most ever by a Florida pitcher in the CWS, in 7.2-innings of work, but allowed a two-run home run in the top of the fourth to give Texas Tech the lead.
The Gators end the season with a 52-16 record.