The Florida Gators completed a two-game sweep of the LSU Tigers with a 6-1 victory Tuesday night at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska, to capture the school's first College World Series title.
Pitcher Tyler Dyson dazzled throughout, and it's safe to say he was locked in with a national championship hanging in the balance.
In six innings, the freshman allowed three hits and recorded two strikeouts in what turned out to be the longest start of his young collegiate career, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
That performance came on the heels of a sensational outing from right-hander Brady Singer in Game 1.
Over the course of seven innings in a tight 4-3 win Monday night, the sophomore recorded 12 strikeouts and just two walks while allowing three earned runs, as NCAA Baseball documented on Twitter:
Not to be overlooked in the opening triumph was reliever Michael Byrne, who picked up his 19th save of the season by allowing one hit over the game's final two innings to squash the Tigers' dreams of a 1-0 series lead.
Byrne wasn't as sharp Tuesday when he allowed two hits during a rocky seventh inning that saw the Tigers cut the Gators' deficit in half. That said, he did induce a double play—and received some good fortune from a baserunner's interference call at second base—that allowed Florida to escape the frame with a slim 2-1 lead.
The hero in Game 2, though, was Jackson Kowar.
Initially scheduled to start Game 3, he came on in relief of Byrne in the top of the eighth inning with one out and runners on the corners.
However, the Charlotte, North Carolina, native refused to be shaken, and he set down the first two batters he faced to stave off disaster.
With their 2-1 lead still tact, the Gators shut the door on the Tigers once and for all when they plated four runs in the bottom half of the eighth thanks, in part, to a two-RBI single from Deacon Liput and a sacrifice fly courtesy of JJ Schwarz.
All told, Liput finished Game 2 a stellar 2-for-5 with 3 RBI after he went 0-for-4 in Game 1.
Schwarz, who went 0-for-3 in the opener, was in the same boat as he broke through for two RBI to carry the Gators to victory.