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Florida Gators

RECORD (48-20)
CONFERENCE RECORD (20-10)
NEXT OPPONENT Texas Tech Red Raiders

Texas Tech Red Raiders

RECORD (45-18)
CONFERENCE RECORD (15-9)
NEXT OPPONENT Florida Gators

GAME INFORMATION:

GAME TIME 8 p.m. ET
LOCATION Omaha, Nebraska
STADIUM T.D Ameritrade Park
NETWORK ESPN
 

Gators Starting Pitcher

TBD

It’s not entirely sure who the Gators will rely on as they face elimination once again, but it’s likely a freshman will get the ball to start on Thursday. Freshmen Jack Leftwich and Tommy Mace played a pivotal role in advancing the Gators to Omaha, both pitching in a win-or-go home game in the Super Regionals in Gainesville. Leftwich got the start then, and he could earn the nod to start once again because of Mace’s ability to warm up quicker out of the bullpen for the Gators.

Red Raiders Starting Pitcher

Caleb Kilian (9-2, 3.04 ERA)

The Red Raiders will likely turn to the sharp right-hander in Kilian as they look to best the Gators for the second time in Omaha. Kilian hasn’t pitched since Game 2 of the Red Raiders Super Regional against the Duke Blue Devils, where he was touched for 6 runs in just 4 innings of work. Kilian will look to bounce back against a Florida team that squandered numerous opportunities to score the first time the teams met on Sunday.

Game Preview and Analysis

The No. 1 Gators and the No. 9 Red Raiders will meet once again at the College World Series stage, this time with their seasons on the line. The Gators were able to force the rematch after avoiding elimination for the third time this season, beating the Texas Longhorns 6-1 on Tuesday. The Gators got a massive performance from first-rounder Jackson Kowar on the mound, as Kowar struck out 13 Longhorn hitters, a Florida record for the most at the CWS. The bats were able to wake up a bit for the Gators as they plated 6 runs, but are still looking to find their midseason form in the batters’ box.

As for the Red Raiders, their rematch with the Gators was dealt to them by way of the Arkansas Razorbacks, when they were defeated 7-4 on Wednesday. The Red Raiders should enter their rematch with the Gators with confidence, having beaten them on Sunday 6-3. The Gators looked out of sync all game, and the Red Raiders capitalized.

Florida will hope to carry over some momentum from Tuesday’s win and get some revenge on the Red Raiders. Texas Tech is a program that has Florida’s number in Omaha, beating them in 2016 and then once again this CWS. In what should be another highly contested showdown, the Gators will look to keep their season alive and get some revenge on Tech with a win that will send the Red Raiders back to Lubbock.

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