Kent St. Stuns #1 Florida; Gators Eliminated

By: Courtesy: Associated Press
By: Courtesy: Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Kent State scored four unearned runs and
another on a wild pitch, then held off Florida's comeback bid in
the ninth to eliminate the top-seeded Gators from the College World
Series with a 5-4 victory Monday.

The Gators loaded the bases with one out in the ninth against
shaky relievers Michael Clark and Josh Pierce.

Pierce fought back from a 3-0 count to strike out Casey Turgeon
when Turgeon couldn't check his swing and got called out on an
appeal to the third-base umpire. Justin Shafer flew out to right to
end the game.

The Gators, who reached the CWS finals last year, committed five
errors in two games after coming to Omaha seventh in the nation in
fielding.

Florida's Hudson Randall (9-3) left after the first inning
because of heat-related symptoms. Ryan Bores (10-3) got the win for
Kent State, making its first CWS appearance.

Courtesy: Associated Press


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