Gators fall 11-3 to UCLA in College World Series
Florida's first trip to the College World Series since 2005 did not go as the Gators had hoped.
The Gators (47-16) allowed eight UCLA starters to get at least one hit in an 11-3 loss to the Bruins (49-14) Saturday night in front of 23,271 at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha.
Florida will play arch rival Florida State at 4:30 p.m. on Monday in an elimination game. The game will be televised live on ESPN2.
Tampa sophomore pitcher Alex Panteliodis allowed a season-high tying five runs (four earned)
after allowing just four runs (all earned) in his first two NCAA Tournament starts this year. Panteliodis hit the first two UCLA batters after hitting just three batters all season. UF's Steven Rodriguez hit two batters after having hit none in his previous 27.1 career innings.
UCLA pitcher Trevor Bauer (11-3) had 11 strikeouts in seven innings, giving up six hits and
The Gators took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first, but UCLA scored three runs on three hits in the third and the rout was on from there.
Florida’s four wild pitches were its most since throwing six against Miami in March 2009.
UCLA’s 11 runs on 18 hits were the most allowed by Florida in the College World Series since Southern California scored 12 runs on 19 hits in a 12-10, 11-inning win against UF in the 1998 CWS. The run total was the most given up by the Gators since a 15-3 loss at Ole Miss on March 27.