Florida hangs on to beat LSU in Game One of the College World Series Finals

Posted at 9:36 PM, Jun 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-27 16:07:19-04

Florida and LSU each survived their respective sides of the bracket and met in game one of the College World Series Championship Monday night. The game kicked off with an incredible flyover during the National Anthem.

While it was basically an LSU home game in what many Tigers fans call "Baton Rouge North", Florida's starting pitcher Brady Singer was red-hot on the mound. 

After three scoreless innings Florida brought in three runs to start the fourth inning. LSU pitcher Russell Reynolds walked the bases full in the top of the fourth before Nick Bush came in in relief. The Gators first scored on a foul-out followed by a ground-rule double that brought in two. 

Tigers' Antoine Duplantis added to the excitement with a home run in the sixth inning to put LSU on the board. 

LSU continued to fight back throughout the sixth inning with an RBI from Beau Jordan to score another run putting the Tigers within one. 

Florida put a stop to LSU's quickly scoring in the top of the seventh off of an RBI from Mike Rivera. 

Singer pitched 12 strikeouts through eighth innings for a career high. His 12 k's also mark the most strikeouts in a College World Series final game and most by a Florida pitcher in a CWS game. 

In the bottom of the eighth the Tigers made things interesting. Josh Smith drove in one with an RBI single but was thrown out at second. 

However, Florida was too much for the Tigers and went on to win 4-3. LSU and Florida will meet up for game two of the College World Series finals tomorrow at 7 p.m.