… and this time it’s the Florida Gators
For the fifth time this season the Gators beat the LSU Tigers, this time 6-1, and this time to win the 2017 National Title.
Here are the images I snapped from the final game of the college baseball season…
It’s a Gator-Pile! The Florida Gators start to pile upon each other after the final out of the college baseball season.
The Gators started the day by watching a very funny video of themselves on the jumbotron before taking the field.
The LSU Tigers looked ready to go tonight as well, aiming to gain revenge for the game one loss to the Gators.
Freshman Tyler Dyson got just his second start of the season and came through with flying colors, improving to 4-0 on the year.
LSU right-fielder Greg Deichmann makes an acrobatic catch as Gator baserunner Dalton Guthrie has yet to leave the base to head toward third base. The LSU fans behind the third base photo well kept saying how horrible of a call it was that the umpires judged that Guthrie did not leave the bag early. Clearly you can see here that he didn’t.
Deacon Liput paced the Florida offense with three RBI on a 2-for-5 night at the top of the Gator order.
Jared Poche had a decent outing, not giving up an earned run in 5.2 innings.
Tyler Dyson did everything right, including making put-outs from his freakin’ knees.
The Gators bench does that raised fist thing again after Dalton Guthrie’s RBI single in the second inning.
Liput’s hit resulted in Nick Horvath scoring a run and getting a big welcome back in the dugout from his Gator mates.
Poche ended up going into the sixth inning but turned out to be the hard-luck loser tonight despite not giving up an earned run.
The Florida bench erupts after Johnathan India start the scoring in the pivotal eighth inning.
Andrew Baker gets a face-full of home plate dirt as he adds to the onslaught of the Tigers in the eighth inning.
… Baker then gets up and gives it an echoing yell, realizing that his team is now comfortably ahead 5-1.
After the final out the Gators dugout erupted onto the field to go formulate the dog pile.
Nick Horvath gets the most air of any of the Gators as they form the celebratory dog pile.
LSU players can’t believe the Gators are the national champions, taking note of the dog pile and celebration that is going on without them.
Arrrrrgh, the pain is real. The LSU players can’t believe their season came to an end without a national title.
The Gators celebrate their national championship with the trophy on the temporary stage they set up near home plate.
Coach Kevin O’Sullivan has a new best friend.