Florida defeats Vanderbilt to advance to College World Series Championship Series
Florida mounted a come-from-behind 6-4 win over Vanderbilt (53-17) Friday afternoon in Omaha to reach the Championship Series of the College World Series for the first time since 2005 - the second time in school history.
The Gators (53-17) will play either South Carolina or Virginia in the best-of-three series, which begins Monday at 8 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPN.
Former Plant star Preston Tucker drove in the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded single in the eighth inning to give the Gators a 5-4 lead. Cody Dent later scored on a wild pitch to give the Gators a 6-4 lead.
Former Alonso standout Alex Panteliodis started for the Gators and allowed just three hits in six innings. He left with the Gators holding a 4-1 lead, which the bullpen (five relievers) could not hold.
Panteliodis has been outstanding in postseason play. He was the pitcher of record in defeating Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament title game, started and won the Gators’ clincher in the regional round against Miami, and started in the Super Regional clincher against Mississippi State.
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