It was 9 a.m. Friday morning when Florida's baseball team sat down for a pregame breakfast at their hotel in downtown Omaha. Over waffles and french toast, the Gators watched film on Tennessee freshman left-hander James Adkins, whom Volunteers coach Rod Delmonico named as his stater against Florida for the opening game of the College World Series.
Vols' Iorg puts on a defensive show
Call him Air Eli. Tennessee right-fielder Eli Iorg used his legs - and his glove - to keep Florida's 6-4 win over the Volunteers Friday at the College World Series from turning into a rout. Iorg made three spectacular catches on the warning track in a span of four batters during the fifth inning.
Florida wins College World Series opener over Tennessee, 6-4
In front of 21,546 fans on Friday afternoon at Rosenblatt Stadium, the University of Florida baseball team scored five runs in the first six innings off Tennessee All-American Luke Hochevar and held on to win the opening game of the 2005 College World Series, 6-4. The Gators (46-20) improved to a perfect 6-0 in the NCAA Tournament and handed the Vols (46-20) their first setback in NCAA action.
‘Just another SEC Friday night'
Florida players are excited about being in Omaha for the first time since 1998 and are looking forward to taking down SEC rival Tennessee.
Gators trump ace
When the Florida baseball team got up Friday morning, they thought they were going to be facing Tennessee freshman pitcher James Adkins in the College World Series opener.
CWS NOTEBOOK: Horne stronger from the start
Florida pitcher Alan Horne has generally struggled early in his starts this season, but not against Tennessee on Friday. Horne struck out the side in the first inning of the Gators' 6-4 victory at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Gators win 1st game at College World Series
The key to successful pitching is deception. Florida wasn't going to let a surprise announcement -- that Tennessee's All-American Luke Hochevar was starting instead of a freshman who was slated earlier in the week -- keep them from winning.
Gators Stop Volunteers' Ace, 6-4
A key to successful pitching is deception.
Gators make strong World Series entrance
A stage such as the College World Series provides ample opportunity for second-guessing, with every coaching decision going under a microscope
Late switch hitch: Florida takes UT in CWS game
When Tennessee made a late switch, Florida was more than ready in the opening game of the College World Series.
LaPorta helps Gators beat rival in CWS
Matt LaPorta and Brian Jeroloman homered, and Florida held off SEC rival Tennessee 6-4 on Friday to win the opening game of the 59th College World Series.
Gator amateur Every makes it past the cut
For Matt Every, making the cut at the U.S. Open Friday was cool. Being in contention was even cooler.