Big Expectations, Disappointing Results for the Gators in the College World Series
By Ryan Resnick
Coming in as the No. 1 seed the Gators entered the College World Series with big expectations. With their undefeated ace Logan Shore ready to pitch Game 1 against Coastal Carolina the Gators were confident in their ability’s to get the job done and beat Coastal Carolina. But Coastal Carolina wasn’t shy of the competition, the No. 1 ranking in front of the Gators name didn’t intimidate the Chanticleers. They sent their unconventional side-arm right handed pitcher Andrew Beckwith to the mound.
Beckwith tossed a complete game earning only one run and striking out seven and earning the ever so important win, beating the Florida Gators 2–1. For the Gators, Logan Shore pitched five innings earning two runs and collecting seven strikeouts. The problem was Shore didn’t get any run support from his offense. The only run for the Gators came on a fifth inning single from Jeremy Vasquez. After this loss the Gators had a sense that they had let the city and university down. Coach Kevin O’Sullivan put it best, he said “There’s a lot of people disappointed. I’m disappointed, to be honest with you, I think that’s a really good team. We just ran across a guy that was just really good tonight. But we’ll bounce back. We’ve got no choice.”
Then came Tuesday afternoon, the clock struck four (CT.) and the Gators were ready to fight for their playoff lives. Alex Faedo was ready to lead his team on the mound. The first three innings came and went all tied up at zero entering the top of the fourth. Then Texas Tech first baseman Eric Gutierrez came to the plate with a man on third and two outs, and with the count at 0–1 Gutierrez swung on the 92 mile-per-hour fastball—the next thing that happened was a two appeared on the scoreboard and Alex Faedo had just gave up two earned runs to put the Gators in a 2–0 deficit. Then again in the ninth inning the Gators let up another run due to multiple infield errors. That didn’t stop the team from fighting in the bottom of the ninth to keep their season alive.
With no outs in the inning, Peter Alonso came to the plate with a man on first and he hit a homer to re-energize the team—hopefully to spark one last comeback. But, it didn’t happen and the Gators season that had all the hype and big projections was over.