Gators headed to CWS finals, Alex Faedo sets strikeout record

OMAHA, Neb. - Florida pitcher Alex Faedo threw 7⅓ scoreless innings and struck out 11 batters in the Gators' 3-0 win over TCU to advance to the College World Series final.

Florida (50-19) will face SEC rival LSU (52-18) for the title. The two schools shared the Southeastern Conference regular season title.

The Gators are in the CWS final for the first time since 2011.

Faedo broke Florida's single-season strikeout record in Saturday night's win over TCU. Ron Bonanno previously held the record with 149 strikeouts, which he set in 1994.

Photos:Florida beats TCU 3-0 to advance to CWS final

Faedo, an alum of Alonso High School and first-round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers, finished the night with 157 strikeouts this season. The total leads Division I this season.

The Gators shut out TCU for the second time this week. Entering the season, Florida had one shutout in 35 College World Series games.

TCU (50-18) was shut out for only the third time this season.

Florida mustered one run in the second inning. Austin Langworthy hit a double, and advanced to third base on a single by Jonathan India. Langworthy scored on Mike Rivera's RBI-ground out to second base.

In the fifth inning, Rivera was hit by a pitch. Christian Hicks gave Florida a 2-0 lead on a double that scored Rivera.

Hicks hit a triple in the seventh inning. He scored on a two-out chopper Deacon Liput hit to first base. The ball bounced left off the base as Liput beat the throw.

Florida plays LSU at 7 p.m. ET Monday in best-of-three championship series. Monday's game is on ESPN.

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