At long last, Florida baseball wins its first national championship
Welcome to another installment of Good Morning, Gators, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering Florida athletics with beat writer Jordan McPherson. Here’s a look at what you might have missed on Tuesday.
The Florida baseball team finally did it. With a 6-1 win over LSU on Tuesday night, the No. 3 national seed Gators won their first College World Series in program history. Florida won the game behind 6 strong innings from freshman Tyler Dyson and 1 2/3 shutout innings at the end from Jackson Kowar — a gamble by coach Kevin O’Sullivan. The team will hold a celebration at McKethan Stadium on Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET.
More College World Series coverage
- Alex Faedo was named the College World Series’ Most Outstanding Player, while fellow pitcher Brady Singer and outfielder Austin Langworthy earned spots on the All-Tournament team.
- Kevin O’Sullivan’s 4-year-old son Finn told ESPN’s Laura Rutledge that he wished on a lucky penny before Florida’s game Tuesday night.
- After knocking on the door for years, Florida baseball finally broke through on the biggest stage, as written by D1baseball.com’s Aaron Fitt.
- The Gators received a Herculean effort from Dyson, as told by Gator Country’s Nick de la Torre.
- Florida is just the latest in a recent run of first-time College World Series winners, according to the Omaha World-Herald’s Jon Nyatawa.
- The Gators’ full postgame press conference can be found here.
Steve Spurrier talks QBs on The Paul Finebaum Show
Florida athletics ambassador Steve Spurrier appeared on The Paul Finebaum Show on Tuesday and talked about Florida’s quarterback situation, saying “time will tell” how the quarterback battle plays out.
Tim Tebow’s Port St. Lucie debut washed out
Former Florida Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and current New York Mets minor leaguer Tim Tebow’s debut with high Class A Port St. Lucie was rained out Tuesday night. The fact that he was promoted at all from a pure numbers standpoint is still shocking, FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur writes. Regardless, Tebow said he is focusing on improving wherever he is playing.
Swimmer Caeleb Dressel heading to world championships
Florida swimmer and 2016 Olympian Caeleb Dressel on Tuesday night qualified to compete in the 100-meter freestyle at the FINA World Championship in July.
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Twitter reactions to baseball’s national championship
Shortstop Dalton Guthrie
Your boys are NATTY CHAMPS!!! DELTTARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/GBrmjACvOY
— Dalton Guthrie (@DaltonGuthrie) June 28, 2017
Florida baseball alum Brad Wilkerson
— Brad Wilkerson (@slugger6177) June 28, 2017
Former Gators QB and Mets minor leaguer Tim Tebow
Congrats @GatorsBB! Proud to be a Gator!
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) June 28, 2017
Former Florida golfer Billy Horschel
— Billy Horschel (@BillyHo_Golf) June 28, 2017
Former Gators infielder Nolan Fontana
— Nolan Fontana (@nolanfontana) June 28, 2017
Former Gators basketball player Will Yeguete
— Will Yeguete (@Will15Yeguete) June 28, 2017
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