OMAHA, Neb. — Florida, the No. 1 overall national seed, suffered a stunning elimination from the College World Series with a 3-2 loss to No. 5 Texas Tech on Tuesday.
The Gators (52-16), who got a ninth-inning two-run home run from former Plant High standout Peter Alonso to get within a run, were 0-2 in a CWS in which they were heavily favored.
Florida starter Alex Faedo, a former Alonso High standout, set a CWS school record with nine strikeouts in 72/3 innings. He gave up a two-run home run in the fourth, and Texas Tech (47-19) scored an unearned run to make it 3-0 in the ninth on two throwing errors on the same play — by third baseman Jonathan India, then by first baseman Alonso.
In the postseason, Alonso batted .500 (16-for-32) with four doubles, five home runs and 13 RBIs in eight NCAA tournament games.
"I know a lot of us put our heart and soul into every pitch," Alonso said. "It was the goal to win a national championship, and it feels terrible."
The game ended when India tried to stretch a single into a double and was thrown out by leftfielder Tyler Neslony.
In 2012 the Gators were also eliminated in two straight games as the No. 1 overall seed.
Florida came to Omaha with seven of the top 108 drafted players. It turned out to be maybe the most disappointing of the Gators' 10 CWS appearances. They scored three runs in 18 innings and are now 14-21 all time in the CWS.
"To look at two games we've lost, 2-1 and 3-2, and look at those guys in the locker room and think, 'Boy, the season's been a failure.' If getting to Omaha's a failure, then — I don't look at it that way," Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. "Of course we're disappointed, of course we want to stay here longer. But there are eight teams out of over 300 to get here. We've been here five out of the last seven, and we'll be here again soon."
Florida, which didn't have a runner reach second base until the fifth inning, had the bases loaded with one out in the sixth but couldn't push across a run.
JJ Schwarz, who had a 3-and-0 count go full, tapped a comebacker to pitcher Davis Martin, who threw home for a forceout and catcher Tyler Floyd then threw to first, hitting Schwarz on the arm. Schwarz, running just inside the base line, was called out for interference. That double play, the Raiders' third, might have been the biggest of their nation-leading 81 this season.
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