The University of Florida has won the College World Series, securing the first national title in baseball in the history of the school. It's rather surprising that this was the first title, given that Florida has won 13 SEC championships and appeared in 11 College World Series, but 2017 was the first time the Gators achieved the ultimate goal.
The final score was 6-1, as coach Kevin O'Sullivan saw his group accomplish what his 2011 Gators failed to do: come through in the CWS championship series.
Tuesday's clincher certainly had its fair share of tense moments. The Gators took an early 2-0 lead thanks to a pair of unearned runs.
In the bottom of the first, second baseman Deacon Liput led off and reached on an error. A pair of singles by shortstop Dalton Guthrie and first baseman JJ Schwarz would plate him for a 1-0 lead.
For the Gators, Tyler Dyson started the game and was very good. He worked six-plus innings, giving up one run on three hits. Jonathan India collected a pair of hits, including Florida's only extra-base hit (a double). Liput was 2 for 5 with a run and three RBI. Schwarz drove home two. Guthrie had a pair of hits. Horvath scored twice and drove home a big run by getting hit with a pitch to make it 3-1. In all, though, it was Florida's run prevention and some good fortune along the way that helped secure this title.
Florida joins Michigan, Ohio State and UCLA as the only schools to have won a national championship in baseball, football and basketball.