The Gators could not overcome a six-run 2nd inning by LSU in Game 3 of the College World Series Championship Final, losing 18-4 on Monday night in Omaha, Neb.
Florida struck first on a two-run homer by outfielder Wyatt Langford in the bottom of the first inning, Langford’s third home run of the CWS and a continuation of Game 2 when he went 5-for-5 with a homer and six RBI in a 24-4 Game 2 victory.
However, the lead was short-lived as UF starter Jac Caglianone struggled to find the strike zone in the top of the second. Caglianone walked three and hit a batter in the inning, helping the Tigers take a 6-2 lead they never relinquished.
LSU sent 12 batters to the plate in the decisive outburst and was just getting started. The Tigers finished with 24 hits off six UF pitchers. Meanwhile, Tigers right-hander Thatcher Hurd turned in six quality innings, striking out seven and not allowing another run after Langford’s blast.
The Gators finished the season with a school-record 54 wins and as national runner-up in their first trip to the CWS since 2018. LSU claimed its first national championship in 14 years and seventh overall.
Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan, along with players Wyatt Langford, BT Riopelle, and Josh Rivera all spoke about the game, the season, their time at Florida, and the foundation they hope they’ve put down for future Gator teams. Video is courtesy of the NCAA.