Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Father of LSU star pitcher revives man with no pulse at CWS

The SEC regular season co-champion LSU Tigers, gunning for their 7 national crown, face the co-champion Florida Gators, who are looking for their first national title.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Maybe this wasn't Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan's best team. "He's never pitched on three days' rest before so I don't know how effective he would be", Mainieri said.

Florida (52-19) posted the eighth sweep in the 15 years of the best-of-three finals format, and first since 2013.

Senior Russell Reynolds will start Game 1 for the Tigers, but expect him to be on a very short leash.

LSU's Deichmann lost the grip of his bat when he swung at a pitch in the sixth inning, and it flew all the way to the camera well beyond the first-base dugout.

Down 4-2, LSU threatened in the eighth.

Florida is starting Brady Singer (8-5, 3.18 ERA) in Game 1. The fifth-year senior, wearing a close-cropped Mohawk under his cap and throwing an 85 miles per hour fastball, gave the Tigers three shutout innings in his first start since March 2015.

Due to runner interference on Slaughter as he slid into the shortstop, Guthrie, on the turn, the run was taken off the board. In the next inning, the Tigers put two runners on base with no outs before Jackson Kowar came on to retire the inning's final two hitters. Entering the championship series on Monday, he only had hit one home run this season despite being second on the team with 60 RBIs.

Dyson's emergence has been a secondary storyline of the Gators' CWS run. LSU's win over Oregon State on Friday was the most-streamed non-Finals game of the CWS, with 178,000 unique viewers watching 9,509,000 total minutes.

"I just think it is an awesome thing that these two SEC schools get to play for a national championship", said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "We had our struggles throughout the year offensively". "He threw really good last weekend against Wake Forest, another good-hitting team, and he's got a really good arm, so we're going to ride it. They kept working and believing, and I told them before the season started that we had what it took, the ingredients, to pull this thing off". The Tigers won their third straight elimination game, including back-to-back victories over Oregon State.

Faedo was named the Most Outstanding Player after two strong starts against TCU. Faedo allowed five hits and no runs and struck out 22 in 14 1/3 innings against TCU.

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