College Baseball World Series 2011: Florida Looks to Erase Horrid Game 1 Ending
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The first game of the finals in the 2011 College World Series was more than I could have hoped for. It was a bitter fight to the very end. The only thing was, the finish did not coincide with the rest of the picture perfect game.
The pitching duel that was game one lasted until the 11th inning. That is when the throwing became the hardest part for the Florida Gators.
South Carolina'S Christian Walker singled in the 11th. It hardly felt like a game ending moment. But once he took off to second on a steal, the wheels came off for Florida.
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Catcher Mike Zunino threw the ball high and wide into center field. Walker took off without hesitating leaving Gators' Bryson Smith to chuck the ball towards third.
Only, the ball went up into the stands, setting the go ahead run advance. A game that was perfect from both sides ended in the oddest way imaginable.
The Gators let game one get away from them, and now they have to be truly perfect to take the title back to Florida.
The best way for the Gators to enter into game 2 is with a sudden case of amnesia. There is no way they can carry over their gaffes and still contend. If they let the bad feelings fester, there is no way they see a game three.
Florida wasted a stellar performance by Hudson Randall, but I like their chances with Karsten Whitson. A freshman pitcher with a .98 ERA is just what they need. The key to success is to erase game 1 from existence.
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