Tyler Dyson Photo by Courtney Culbreath

Omaha Bound; Tyler Dyson helps the Gators vacuum Wake Forest 3-0

Tyler Dyson saw his longest outing on the mound of his freshman season on Monday and it was his best. Along with normal starters Brady Singer and Alex Faedo, the pitching in game three against Wake Forest (43-20) was the story and enough for the Florida Gators’ 3-0 win which propelled them to Omaha and their spot in the College World Series.

Brady Singer got the start for Florida and was dynamic. Throwing two innings before being pulled after a four hour rain delay, Singer faced just seven batters and struck out three.

The Gators (47-18) would score one in the bottom of the second to get a lead they would never surrender. Sophomore Jonathan India doubled to left field to lead off the second. Sophomore Deacon Liput singled through the left side and India advanced to third putting runners on the corners. Junior Mike Rivera singled through the left side scoring India and moving Liput to second getting the score to 1-0.

With no outs and runners on corners, a peculiar situation arose. Austin Langworthy flied deep to center field. The center fielder caught the ball and when transitioning to his throwing hand the ball fell to the ground. In error, an umpire called the play a non-catch. With the play, Rivera held on first and Liput tagged after the catch and would have been safe on third.

After conferencing and getting a television review from the NCAA home office, the play was ruled a fly out and Liput would have to return to second, even though he tagged up safely. A bunt like hit, one batter later, may have scored Liput but we will never know. The Gators had to settle with one run and a 1-0 lead.

Then the rains came and a very upset Singer had to be physically removed from the field because he wanted to continue to play.

When the rain subsided and the game started again three hours and 14 minutes later, Dyson was inserted into the mix and pitched masterfully. Dyson would be spotted two more runs in the third inning.

Junior Dalton Guthrie singled to left to lead off the third. Junior J.J. Schwarz then unloaded on a 2-1 fastball over everything in left field scoring both he and Guthrie and giving the Gators a 3-0 lead.

That would be the final score posted by the Omaha bound Gators.

Cruising through five innings, which included 52 pitches and seven strikeouts, Dyson walked none and allowed just two hits in his time on the mound. Getting much further than anyone would have imagined and able to hand the ball off to ace Faedo to close out the last two innings.

Faedo continued the pitching superiority giving up one hit and one walk over two innings, while striking out three and shutting down the heart of the bomb squad batting order of the Demon Deacons.

Florida will now face Texas Christian (47-16) in a Sunday night game which means they won’t play the first night of the College World Series. 

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