Florida tops LSU in historic 20-point win to extend Men’s College World Series

Florida's Ty Evans, right, hit the first Grand Slam in an MCWS final on Sunday afternoon.
Florida’s Ty Evans, right, hit the first Grand Slam in an MCWS final on Sunday afternoon. (Steven Branscombe/USA Today)

Florida did not hold back Sunday afternoon in Omaha.

The Gators edged LSU in historic fashion in Game 2 of the Men’s College World Series on Sunday 24-4. The win, following their loss on Saturday, forced a decisive third game on Monday night.

Florida set or tied multiple MCWS records in the win. The Gators hit six home runs and a game-high 23 hits in the 20-run victory. Their 24 points were also the most in a single game in MCWS history.

The Gators’ 20-point victory was the most lopsided of the event since Notre Dame beat Northern Colorado, 23-2, in 1957, according to ESPN.

Jac Caglianone and Ty Evans both homered twice in the win, and Evans hit a grand slam in the third to give the Gators a 7-3 lead at the time. It was the first-ever grand slam in an MCWS Finals match.

Wyatt Langford and BT Roipelle also hit home runs in the win. Caglianone now has 33 circuits a year, the most in the country.

LSU committed a season-high five errors, which led to six runs Sunday afternoon. Florida starting pitcher Hurston Waldrep allowed four hits, walked six and hit two batters in less than three innings on the mound.

Sunday’s blowout victory came on the heels of LSU’s 4-3 win on Saturday night. Tigers pitcher Ty Floyd hit a career-high 17 batters in their 11-inning win in Game 1 of the series, which was the most in an MCWS game in 51 years, then Cade Beloso hit a winning circuit in the 11th to finally finish the contest.

Game 3 of the series is scheduled for Monday night. The Tigers are looking for their first national title since 2009 and a seventh overall. The Gators haven’t won a championship since 2017.

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