CWS 2023: LSU forces a winner take all Thursday night; Florida advances to the weekend
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - There will be baseball Thursday night at Charles Schwab Field. LSU beat Wake Forest 5-2 forcing a winner take all game tomorrow night. The winner will play for the national championship, the loser will head home.
The Tigers took control of this game thanks to a Cade Beloso three-run home run in the third inning. It broke a 2-2 tie and turned out to be the final runs of the game.
In the first game of the day Florida beat TCU 3-2 advancing to the championship series Saturday. The Gators jumped out to an early lead with a Josh Rivera two-run home run in the top of the first inning. TCU came back with a run in the bottom half and eventually tied the game at two in the bottom of the eighth. Anthony Silva drove in that run with a double to the warning track in left field.
Florida though reclaimed the lead in the top of the ninth inning, with a two-out infield single. With a runner at third base, Cade Kurland hit a ground ball deep in the hole between shortstop and third base. Silva did field the ball but the throw was late. The Gators took a 3-2 lead to the bottom of the ninth, with the Horned Frogs down to their last strike Brayden Taylor, who led the team in home runs, gave one a ride but Florida centerfielder caught the flyball moments before colliding with the wall. The Gators will make their third appearance in the championship series, they won it all in 2017.
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