In the end, they pulled out a 6-1 victory, and clinched their championship with a dominant eighth inning performance.
LSU trailed for much of the night when Florida scored an unearned run off Jared Poche in each of the first two innings.
Florida defeated LSU 4-3 in Game 1 on Monday night.
In the eighth, the Tigers failed to push across a run after having runners on the corners with no outs. The Tigers' Zach Watson then stole second and scored on Josh Smith's double. UF played exceptional fundamental baseball, including outfielder Nick Horvath throwing out the potential tying run at second base in the eighth inning of Game 1 on Monday, then first baseman JJ Schwarz doing the same at home plate in the eighth inning of Game 2.
LSU playing its fourth game in six days and with Eric Walker out with an injury turned to the seldom-used Russell Reynolds (1-2) to start.
Dyson walked two, struck out two, and needed only 75 pitches (50 strikes) before being replaced by Michael Byrne with one on and nobody out in the seventh. With the cup positioned outside the dugout, the Gators scored three runs in the fourth on an Austin Langworthy sacrifice fly and Jonathan India two-RBI double.
Singer's strikeout total was highest by a single pitcher in a CWS finals game. "The guys have been making plays for me all year, my entire career".
A year ago was supposed to be O'Sullivan's best chance to win it all, and it was crushing to go 0-2 in Omaha with a team that had eight players taken in the first 10 rounds of the 2016 Major League Baseball draft.
"If you would have told me before the game we would get three shutout innings from (Reynolds), I would have been pleased", Mainieri said. While the usually reliable Byrnes, who has the Gator record with 19 saves in the season, struggled, in the close contest O'Sullivan wanted to win it with the lead and went to Kowar to hopefully only have to throw a couple of innings. They had to rely heavily on their staples of pitching and defense.
The pitching overshadowed all shortcomings, and the Gators ended up with the No. 3 national seed after sharing the SEC regular-season title with LSU. The Gators came into this game with no everyday player hitting.300, and they were ranked 227th out of 300 teams with a.258 batting average.
"I'm just watching the game, and someone comes up and says, "Hey, man, we need you again, '" Poche" said a day later with a laugh.
So, with runners at first and second, big bat Nelson Maldonado bashed a fly ball into deep right, which Greg Deichmann fielded on a spectacular leaping catch, and that moved everyone forward one base.
Faedo was named the Most Outstanding Player after two strong starts against TCU.