Gators will send Tampa ace to the mound to try and remain undefeated at College World Series
Florida needs just one more victory to reach the best-of-three championship series in the NCAA Men's College World Series and the Gators are putting today's game in the hands of former Alonso standout Alex Panteliodis.
Florida (52-17) and Vanderbilt (54-11) will play at 2 p.m. with the Gators trying to remain undefeated in the CWS and clinch a spot in the championship series, which begins next week.
This is the sixth meeting between the teams this season, with Florida holding a 4-1 advantage.
Panteliodis (6-2, 3.95), a junior lefty, will be making his 12th start of the year, second of the season against Vanderbilt, and will oppose All-American junior righty Sonny Gray (12-3, 2.12). Over 57 innings, Panteliodis has 44 strikeouts, given up nine walks and has limited opponents to a .257 batting average.
In NCAA play during his career, Panteliodis is 3-1 in six starts with a 4.64 ERA. He defeated the Commodores in the SEC Tourney final (5.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 5 K, 1 BB).
While Florida needs on win, the Commodores must defeat Florida twice in order to advance. UF has won the past three meetings against Vandy, including a game in the SEC Tournament and earlier this week in the CWS.
With SEC East teams Florida, South Carolina and Vanderbilt reaching the “final four”, it marks the first time in CWS history that three teams from the same conference have advanced this far in the event.
The game will be televised live at 2 p.m. on ESPN.
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