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Gators clinch spot in CWS

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Florida Athletics

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It was a fitting finish to the Gainesville Super Regional, as Florida ace Alex Faedo recorded the final six outs to send the Gators to the College World Series on the same night he was selected in the first round of the MLB Draft.

Florida (47-18) shut out the potent Wake Forest (43-20) as three pitchers combined to limit the Demon Deacons to just four hits in UF's 3-0 win on Monday night.

With the win, the Gators advance to the College World Series for the third year in a row and sixth time in the past eight seasons. This will be UF's 11th trip to the CWS in school history with the past six coming under head coach Kevin O'Sullivan.

TCU, Florida's next opponent (Sunday, 7 p.m. ET), has made five CWS appearances since 2010. No other team in the nation has made more than three trips to Omaha in that span.

Sophomore Brady Singer started the winner-take-all, Game 3 of the Super Regional and pitched two shutout innings before the skies opened and the rains came down.

After the delay, freshman Tyler Dyson took over and had a career-long outing, throwing five shutout innings before handing the ball to Faedo to start the ninth inning.

JJ Schwarz provided the big blast at the plate, delivering a two-run homer into the left field parking lot that gave Florida a 3-0 lead after three innings, which would prove to be more than enough.

Florida jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Jonathan India led off with a double to left field and moved to third on Deacon Liput's single.

Mike Rivera hit a grounder through the left side that scored India for the early lead.

Singer drew the start on the mound and was dominant through two innings, however, mother nature intervened and halted the game after the second inning and forced the Gators to go to the bullpen.

After a delay of three hours and 14 minutes, Dyson was charged with the task of quieting the Wake Forest bats.

Dyson proved more than capable. After surrendering a leadoff single, he retired the next 13 batters he faced.

Combined with two scoreless innings in the resumption of Game 2, Dyson tossed seven scoreless innings on Monday with two hits allowed and 10 strikeouts.

At the plate, Schwarz's home run increased the Gators lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the third inning. Schwarz has totaled six home runs and 14 RBIs in Super Regional play in eight career Super Regional games.

Florida had a few chances throughout the game but couldn't add to its lead before Faedo took the mound to start the eighth inning.

After being selected by 18th overall the Detroit Tigers earlier this evening, Faedo made his first relief appearance since April 7, 2015 - ending a streak of 43-straight starts.

Faedo, who owns the school's best career winning percentage (26-6, .814), recorded the final six outs to send the Gators to Omaha.


Head Coach Kevin O'Sullivan

Opening Statement:

"First of all, I want to congratulate Wake Forest, they had a heck of a year. That was a very difficult lineup to get through. They battled us tooth and nail, they're very tough, well coached. It was a difficult weekend with the rain, both teams had to deal with it. Brady and Alex only got six innings [each] in this weekend so we had to have some other guys step up and they did. Obviously Tyler Dyson today was really, really good and gave us exactly what we needed. We had Alex for just two innings and that was it. I'm really happy that he was the one to be able to get the last out of the game. JJ's been getting hot swinging the bat, he's been swinging the bat really good for the last month and a half, two months. Dalton had a really good day offensively, Deacon Liput had a really good weekend - probably the best weekend he's had in a while. It's a lot of fun. I'm happy for the players, I'm happy for our staff, I'm happy for everybody involved in our program. I really appreciate our fans sticking around through the rain delays. It's not easy with all the rain that happened. Once again, it's all about these guys to my right and the other guys in the locker room. They're the ones that go play and put in all the hard work and I'm awfully proud of them. Looking forward to taking these guys out to Omaha."

On facing a lineup that can turn a game on one pitch:

"Well I don't think the word is can, they did. They hit quite a few home runs and they're strong and physical and older. It was just an unfortunate situation with the rain. Alex, he was on point on Saturday night and so was Brady. The biggest thing I think about getting through Wake's lineup was you just have to have good stuff. I think that 88-90 stuff was not going to work. We were fortunate in the first game with Langworthy, we got the guy thrown out at the plate and then there was a ball that ricocheted off and Dalton made a great play. Things could have gotten out of hand there in a hurry. During the rain delay in the second game, there was no choice but to go to Tyler. Really, we were hoping to get three innings out of him and then maybe piece it together with Milchin, Rubio and Horvath and try to get to the eighth. But he kept throwing the ball well and we kept running him back out there." On going to Omaha with this team: "I take numbers and throw them out the window at this point. Virginia a couple years ago was one of the last teams in and ended up winning it. I remember Vandy won it in 2013 and I think they finished sixth in our league. All the numbers are out the window at this point. It's all about winning, and we've won a lot of tough games, a lot of ugly wins. But an ugly win is better than a pretty loss, I know that."