Unstoppable Florida: College World Series Record Broken as Gators Crush LSU 24-4, Setting the Stage for Game 3 Showdown

In a disappointing turn of events, LSU baseball suffered a heavy defeat in their second game at the 2023 College World Series, as Florida dominated with a 24-4 victory by LSU in Game 2 of the CWS final on Sunday.

The Tigers started strong, as they take an early 3-1 lead in the first two innings. However, the game took a drastic turn as Florida launched a relentless offensive onslaught, scoring 23 unanswered runs to leave LSU trailing behind.

Florida’s remarkable tally of 24 runs set a new record for the most runs ever scored by a team in a single game at the College World Series. LSU, on the other hand, struggled in all aspects of the game, as Florida’s batting lineup mercilessly exploited the vulnerabilities in LSU’s pitching.

The turning point came in the third inning when the first four batters from Florida reached base, followed by a strikeout from LSU’s left-handed starter, Nate Ackenhausen. Unfortunately for LSU, shortstop Jordan Thompson mishandled a routine grounder, reloading the bases for Florida. With the pressure mounting, LSU head coach Jay Johnson brought in freshman right-hander Gavin Guidry from the bullpen. Guidry managed to strike out the next batter, but Florida’s right fielder, Ty Evans, who had already hit a crucial home run earlier, stepped up to the plate. With the bases loaded and two outs, Evans once again found the sweet spot and hit a powerful shot down the left-field line, extending Florida’s lead to 7-3.

Despite LSU’s attempt to rally in the bottom half of the inning, reliever Blake Purnell entered the game for Florida and quickly induced a double play, extinguishing LSU’s bases-loaded threat and the inning. Purnell’s appearance signaled the end of the day for both starting pitchers, as neither could withstand the relentless offensive pressure and strong winds that favored hitters at Charles Schwab Field.

Florida continued to add to their lead, capitalizing on LSU’s defensive errors, including Thompson’s second error of the day. LSU’s defensive struggles were further compounded by Wyatt Langford, who crushed his 20th home run of the season, contributing three more runs. Langford had an outstanding performance, going 5 for 5 with a walk, six RBIs, and 10 total bases. The onslaught continued as Jac Caglianone blasted his 32nd home run of the season, extending Florida’s lead to 12-3. Caglianone’s second home run of the day in the eighth inning marked his 33rd of the season. Overall, Florida showcased their power-hitting prowess, hitting a total of six home runs and scoring an incredible 23 consecutive runs, setting a new record for the College World Series.

In Monday’s highly anticipated winner-take-all matchup, LSU will strive for their seventh baseball national championship in school history, while Florida aims to secure their second title. It is worth noting that Florida previously claimed their first national title in 2017, defeating LSU in the final. The stage is set for an intense showdown, with the first pitch scheduled for just after 7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. local time.

In summary, LSU’s devastating loss to Florida in Game 2 of the College World Series final highlighted the latter’s exceptional offensive performance. Florida’s relentless hitting, coupled with LSU’s defensive struggles, resulted in a lopsided scoreline. With everything on the line in the upcoming final game, both teams will undoubtedly give their all in pursuit of baseball glory.

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