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Considering how often the Tigers and Gators cross paths on the baseball diamond, that makes a lot of sense. "We've been in this situation before, and I tried to bear down with every pitch I threw".

Caleb Gilbert held the No. 1 national seed Beavers to two hits in 7 1/3 innings, Michael Papierski homered from both sides of the plate and LSU won 6-1 on Saturday a day after beating them 3-1. "So both teams have gotten stronger".

If the emotions of the season-ending loss settled in for Michael Gretler and KJ Harrison, it did not show.

"I think this is how it had to be". So it had to be this way. But I felt we had a good team as well.

Before the two teams ever climbed onto this biggest of all stages, they had clearly established that they were among the best of the best.

TCU (50-18) had beaten Florida 9-2 on Friday to force the winner-take-all bracket final and the teams' third meeting in a week.

The Horned Frogs could only afford one loss in bracket play at the College World Series in order to advance to their first finals in program history, but unfortunately for TCU, they were matched up against 2017 Major League Baseball first round draft pick in Florida's Alex Faedo in the semifinals for the championship game.

Florida has had to grind a little harder to reach the finals. Either Dyson or Byrne, depending on Monday's game, will get the start Tuesday.

The Beavers, who were the designated visitors, made the decision to go with Fehmel instead of Drew Rasmussen in the morning.

“I had a feeling early on if we stayed healthy that we had the ingredients to be successful out here, ” Gators coach Kevin OSullivan said.

"It's been very challenging throughout the year", O'Sullivan said. Robertson says this feels like an SEC weekend with more at stake.

"We had thought about it yesterday after the game, and we thought we'd go with Ras", Casey said.

However, something changed for the Beavers after their shellacking of LSU on Monday, as the Beavers weren't the same team on Friday and Saturday.

The Horned Frogs (50-17) led 2-0 in the third after Ryan Merrill's single and backto-back doubles by Austen Wade and Zach Humphreys.

Nothing Louisiana State encounters in the College World Series championship series will be any more daunting than the task the Tigers had to complete to get there.

In a surprise move, OSU gave the ball to Bryce Fehmel (6-3) four days after the sophomore flummoxed LSU during eight marvelous innings. If anything, the 2017 College World Series will be a competition of who has the better pitcher-catcher duo.

(AP Photo/Nati Harnik). Florida pitcher Alex Faedo, right, is greeted by Nick Horvath (26) as he is pulled in the eighth inning of an NCAA College World Series baseball elimination game against TCU in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, June 24, 2017.

By now, though, whoever gets the ball should be able to rely on plenty of emotion and adrenalin.

Reynolds, who has just seven career starts, hasn't started a game since March, 2015. "We're playing for a national championship, so what more incentive do you need?" "Throw strikes and play better defense".

LSU has never lost a CWS final. We've seen him two years now and haven't had a lot of success off of him.

Schwarz, son of former Major Leaguer Jeff Schwarz and brother of former Gators softball standout Taylor Schwarz, is sixth all-time in runs batted-in at Florida.

"We've just found a way", O'Sullivan said. "We've got a great nucleus coming back". He's 24-30 against the Gators overall, losing the last 3-of-4 including twice this year.

The Beavers, who routed LSU 13-1 Monday night, dropped consecutive games for the first time all year.

Storylines galore and two - or three - games to settle things between the two SEC foes.

"We're kind of shorthanded there", O'Sullivan said. They played again the next day for double elimination this time only to lose by 7 runs to an 8-1 victory for OR who moved on to play the victor of the Clemson Division.



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