Florida Completes Sweep of LSU to Win College World Series 2017

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2017

Florida players celebrate after two-run single against LSU during the eighth inning in Game 2 of the NCAA College World Series baseball finals in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, June 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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Florida earned its first college baseball national championship with a 6-1 win over LSU.

After winning Game 1 of the College World Series Finals 4-3 on Monday, the Gators ended the best-of-three series with another victory over their SEC rival Tuesday.

Freshman pitcher Tyler Dyson led the way early, and four runs in the bottom of the eighth helped Florida secure the win.

It was the third straight year the Gators reached Omaha, and the squad finally found a way to finish the year as champions.

LSU seemingly had the advantage on the mound coming into the game, with the school's all-time wins leader in Jared Poche' going against a freshman making just his second start of the year.

Dyson exceeded expectations, however, throwing six solid innings with just one run allowed on three hits. Poche' overcame a number of mistakes to allow two unearned runs in 5.2 innings.

Still, this game came down to the bullpens, with Michael Byrne and Jackson Kowar combining for three scoreless innings for the Gators and Zack Hess giving up four runs in 2.1 innings for the Tigers.

Florida didn't hold back in its postgame celebration:

The Gators jumped on the board early, with a run in each of the first two innings. Randy Rosetta of the Livingston Parish News highlighted LSU's three errors in the first two innings:

Poche' was fortunate things didn't get any worse in the third inning, as he escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam with a strikeout and pop-up. Florida stranded seven runners in the first three innings, including five in scoring position.

Dyson was seemingly untouchable on the mound, allowing just two hits and two walks with two strikeouts through six scoreless innings.

Per ESPN Stats & Info, it was his longest career outing, but he was removed in the seventh after allowing a leadoff single. The Tigers' Zach Watson then stole second and scored on Josh Smith's double.

There was controversy in the seventh inning when the potential tying run was waived off because of runner interference. Ryan McGee of ESPN.com captured the play and provided his thoughts:

After failing to capitalize on a great opportunity in the seventh, LSU had the same problem in the eighth. This play at the plate helped Florida maintain its 2-1 lead:

That was the Tigers' last chance, as the Gators added four insurance runs in the bottom of the frame. Deacon Liput had the big hit, driving in two of his three runs with a single to make it 5-1.

In his 10th year with the program, Florida head coach Kevin O'Sullivan earned his first title in his fifth trip to the CWS.

Both teams will lose some talent, as each had eight players selected in the MLB draft, but they will remain two of the top programs in the country and should be back in contention in 2018.