OMAHA, Neb.-Florida starting pitcher Alex Faedo showed why he was a first round MLB Draft pick with his performance on Sunday night.
The junior pitched seven shutout innings and limited the Horned Frogs to just two hits as the Gators won their College World Series opener 3-0 over TCU.
Florida (48-18) advances in the winner's bracket and will face Louisville on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN. TCU (47-17) will face Texas A&M in an elimination game on Tuesday afternoon.
Sunday's win was UF's second 3-0 shutout in a row, also beating Wake Forest in last Monday's Super Regional finale by the same scoreline.
Faedo was masterful, striking out 11 batters -- the most ever by a Florida pitcher in a College World Series game. He now has 146 strikeouts on the season, tied for the most in the nation with Louisville's Brendan McKay, who pitched in the Cardinals' win earlier on Sunday.
Florida opened the scoring in the first inning. Ryan Larson drew a leadoff walk then took second on a failed pickoff attempt. Dalton Guthrie advanced him to third with a grounder to the right side.
JJ Schwarz gave UF a 1-0 lead with a RBI groundout that scored Larson from third.
TCU had its first scoring opportunity of the game in the third inning, loading the bases on a pair of walks and an error. Alex Faedo escaped the jam with a pair of strikeouts to end the inning.
After a couple of scoreless innings, Florida threatened again in the fourth. Mike Rivera drew a one-out walk and went to third on Austin Langworthy's single into right field.
Christian Hicks gave the Gators a two-run lead with a RBI single into left field.
Florida's hitters knocked TCU starter Jared Janczak from the game in the fifth inning as three-straight singles added another UF run. Nelson Maldonado's RBI single brought home Guthrie to make it 3-0.
After Faedo exited, Michael Byrne entered in the eighth and pitched two scoreless innings for his 17th save of the season.
FLORIDA POSTGAME QUOTES COACH O'SULLIVAN: Obviously it started on the mound for us. I think it was important for us to get an early lead. I think we got one in the first there with a lead-off walk. And Alex was special. I told some people the other day the last two or three weeks he's been a little bit different.
And he certainly was the difference tonight. And Michael did a nice job there at the end. We did just enough offensively, but this is who we are and this is what we've been doing all year long. It certainly wasn't the cleanest game on our end.
We missed a couple of signs. I thought there were some base running situations where we could have advanced more base and some bats, runners in scoring position that I thought we could have done a better job. But the most important game is Game 1. Some people asked me about Louisville, what I know about them, and to be honest with you, I don't know much. I'll spend the next couple of days working on them. And it's hard enough to get by a team like TCU.
And I think the big strikeout there obviously with the bases loaded with two outs with Skoug was huge. And obviously Michael almost put us in a situation where Skoug would have come to the plate there in the eighth. And he did a nice job and since struck out the pinch-hitter.
So all in all a great game on the pitching side. Obviously it wasn't our cleanest game. We played uncharacteristically defense, we made some errors. But I think the first game out here you get some nerves and stuff like that and I'm sure we'll be better as we move forward.