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Game 2 of the 2017 College World Series is slated to start with the first pitch at 8 p.m. Tuesday night, and SEC giant Florida, which edged fellow SEC rival LSU 4-3 in Game 1 of the series Monday, has a chance to win it all.
The College World Series finals play out in a best-of-three championship series between the two teams that won their respective brackets.
LSU (52-18) and Florida (50-18) were both favorites to advance to the championship finals after strong regular seasons, and, in fact, the two teams tied in the SEC with 21-9 conference records.
Now, however, one team can definitively claim bragging rights with a title win Tuesday or, if necessary, in Game 3 Wednesday.
All the information you need to know to tune into Game 2 of the College World Series between the Tigers and the Gators, as well as a preview and pick, is below.
CWS Game 2 TV Coverage
Date: June 27
Time: 8 p.m. ET
LSU vs. Florida Game 2: Preview and Pick
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The Tigers’ backs are against the wall as LSU will have to win both Game 2 on Tuesday and Game 3 on Wednesday in order to claim the College World Series title.
The Gators got the series off to a strong start Monday. Florida pitcher Brady Singer turned in a 12-strikeout performance as the Gators edged the Tigers 4-3. According to NCAA.com, Singer set a new CWS finals record.
The sophomore right-hander allowed three runs on eight hits with 12 strikeouts and two walks as he steered Florida to the win, but the Tigers’ pitching almost got them there.
LSU held out ace starters Jared Poche and Alex Lange, but Tigers pitchers Russell Reynolds, Nick Bush and Hunter Newman allowed just four runs on six hits with five strikeouts.
On Tuesday, the Gators will still have to face Poche and Lange, so the road to the title is far from over.
Poche, in case you didn’t hear, is now the winningest pitcher in LSU program history.
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Jared Poche’ got his 39th career win as LSU beat Florida State 7-4.
He now has more W’s than any pitcher in school history. https://t.co/PhTR7SZqS7
Talk about an ace.
While Florida appeared dominant Monday, going out to a 3-0 lead by the fourth inning, the Gators still let the Tigers claw their way within one before the game was over.
While there’s no question Singer was dominant, on Tuesday, the Gators will most likely go with freshman Tyler Dyson, per Coach Kevin O’Sullivan via NCAA.com.
Florida may be riding high after notching its first CWS finals victory, but now, it’s all about looking ahead to the next nine innings.
“Is it exciting we have Game 1 under our belt? Yeah, but tomorrow we’re going to have to play better. That’s the message,” O’Sullivan said, per NCAA.com.
Florida can win this, but it will take a great performance from Dyson, and the Gators will have to do more than just barely stay ahead.