FLORIDA 3, TCU 0
The Gators continued their winning ways in their opening matchup against TCU, picking up a 3-0 victory over the Horned Frogs.
Gators ace Alex Faedo gave Florida seven shutout innings, striking out 11 and allowing just two hits and two walks, as TCU couldn’t get anything going against the Detroit Tigers draft pick.
The Gators manufactured a run in the very first inning thanks to an RBI groundout from JJ Schwarz after Ryan Larsen walked, stole second, and advanced to third on a groundball.
Florida’s two other runs came on a pair of singles in the fourth and fifth inning by Christian Hicks and Nelson Maldonado, respectively.
That was all the Gators would need, as Michael Byrne relieved Faedo and pitched the final two innings in relief.
Florida now advances along the winner’s bracket where they’ll face Louisville on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET.
LOUISVILLE 8, TEXAS A&M 4
A five-run second inning led the Cardinals past the Aggies on Sunday afternoon to open each team’s College World Series.
Louisville was aided by four straight singles before A&M pitcher Corbin Martin appeared to limit the damage with a groundout and strikeout. It wouldn’t last long, though, as Martin walked the next hitter and give up a two-run single to end his day after just 1.2 innings pitched.
To A&M’s credit, they made the game interesting. After a few scoreless innings each way, the Aggies broke through in the fourth with a pair of runs thanks to a sacrifice fly by Walker Pennington and a single by George Janca. The Aggies would tack two more on in the sixth inning, when Blake Kopetsky roped an RBI double and Pennington drove him in. Suddenly it was 5-4, Louisville.
It wouldn’t last. The Cardinals would grab two more runs on a fielder’s choice and a bases-loaded walk to make it 7-4. They’d add one more run in the eighth on an RBI double to give Louisville the 8-4 victory.
Texas A&M falls into the elimination bracket where they’ll face TCU Tuesday afternoon.