NCAA Baseball Tournament 2017 scores and bracket: Florida advances after 24-hours’ worth of rain delays

Atrocious weather ripped through north Florida Sunday, delaying the Tallahassee super regional’s second game for seven and a half hours, then entirely washing out the Gainesville super in the middle of the sixth inning. All eight supers were done by end of day Sunday except Gainesville, so Florida and Wake Forest needed to make amends on Monday. Florida took Saturday night’s opener, 2-1, in 11 innings.

That gas wouldn’t last long, though, as LSU completely broke down in the fifth inning, committing two errors to plate two Beavers runs. The blunders costs the Tigers two arms, as Gilbert went down then Nick Bush and Todd Peterson after him, andPaul Mainieri brought on Hunter Newman in the top of the sixth.

In a word, Newman did not do well. He in fact gave up seven runs, four of which came astride the first grand slam in TD Ameritrade’s six-year history. Monday’s LSU team looked nothing like the Tigers of Saturday, whose stellar defense and clutch pitching shut down FSU for one of the best games of the tournament.

The terror didn’t end for LSU there, though, as Oregon State knocked in two more runs in the top of the eighth off of Austin Bain, the Tigers’ seventh pitcher of the night. Third baseman Josh Smith bumbled a diving catch on a grounder to allow runners to move over to second and third, then Cadyn Grenier swung them home on a blooper to right that Greg Deichmann couldn’t field. This was by then very much a rout of a very good baseball team.

As it was, though, LSU did manage a run in the bottom of the seventh, but it had no life after the preceding onslaught. Oregon State ended the game with a double play, and thus the Beavers are dancing the winners’ bracket with two wins.

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