Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Liput's offensive barrage leads Gators past the Cardinals

                                                             Photo Credit: Jon Opiela

By: Jon Opiela
Twitter @jonopiela24

OMAHA, NE— The Florida Gators and the Louisville Cardinals squared off in the coveted winners bracket at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha on Tuesday night. The Gators got the last laugh in a 5-1 win behind a 3-RBI effort from Deacon Liput.

“I think the biggest thing is the difference from last year," Liput said. "The wind was actually blowing out rather than in and as Sully and Craig talked to me about staying back and not doing too much trying to find the barrel, and I was able to do that and elevate the ball and the wind kind of helped me out. 

Austin Langworthy got the Gators on the board with a solo shot off the foul pole in left field.  

“Obviously, the home run by Austin Langworthy was big to get us on the board," Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan said.  “It was a good thing the wind was blowing across.”

The Gators exploded for three runs in the fourth inning after having the first two batters retired.  Nelson Maldonado drew a 2-out walk and Jonathan India followed with a 2-out single. Liput capped off the inning with a 3-run shot into the Florida bullpen in right field.

Gators starting pitcher Brady Singer was dominant throughout the contest.  In the seventh inning, the Cardinals threatened with a bases-loaded situation, but Singer worked out of the jam allowing one run.  

“If I would have went to the mound to try and get him out of the game, he would not have given me the ball.  It’s that simple," O'Sullivan said. "He had earned the right to get through it.”  

On the evening, Singer recorded nine strikeouts, allowed just one walk, and gave up six hits over seven innings pitched.

Looking Ahead:

Louisville will play next against TCU in an elimination game on June 22 at 7 p.m. CT., while Florida moves on to play on June 23 as it will face the winner of the TCU and Louisville game.