After brief struggles to begin the game, Florida got rolling and dismissed Florida State 11-4 to punch the SEC's first College World Series ticket in 2015.
The Seminoles looked initially to flip the script on Friday's blowout UF win, setting down three straight Gators and scoring two runs in the first on A.J. Puk. It didn't take long for things to turn around, though. Josh Tobias drew a walk to begin the second inning, and JJ Schwarz brought him home with a two run shot. Peter Alonso then reached second thanks to a pair of errors from FSU, and Dalton Guthrie sent him in on a sac fly. Just like that, Florida took a 3-2 lead.
The Gators kept the pace up over the next couple of innings. Richie Martin started the third with a solo bomb, and Alonso managed a triple that drove in Schwarz. A Jeremy Vasquez single then put Alonso safely back in the dugout. Now it was 6-2 after three as Puk had settled in and retired six-of-seven. In the fourth, Guthrie reached base on an HBP, and Harrison Bader brought him home with another Gator home run. Those big three innings gave the Gators an 8-2 lead.
FSU made a go of it in the fifth, chasing Puk from the game with a DJ Stewart two-run shot, but Bobby Poyner took it from there and pitched five scoreless innings. Florida would add some insurance runs down the stretch, including a Schwarz solo homer in the sixth, and put the game away.
Not only did the sweep send the team to the CWS for the first time, it changed a little local history as well:
This was yet another annihilation of the Seminoles by the Gators in McKethan Stadium during Super Regional play — Florida is 4-0 all-time against FSU in Super Regional home games, and has won them by a combined score of 40-15. And it swung the season series between the two teams, part of FSU's ballyhooed sweep of Florida in football, men's basketball, and baseball for the first time in 35 years, to Florida. The Gators entered the weekend with a 1-2 record against FSU this year, and left it with a 3-2 mark — and a 51-36 advantage in runs.
Florida will be looking to stay longer than its last trip to Omaha, which ended disastrously with an 0-2 record. First up is another rival: Miami (FL), which swept VCU to earn its way there. The Gators won the regular season series with the Hurricanes 2-1, but Miami actually outscored them 11-8 in those games.