LSU vs Florida: The SEC will capture the 2017 College World Series title, but the winning school is yet to be decided.
College baseball powerhouses LSU and Florida will meet in the championship final following Saturday’s wins over Oregon State and TCU, respectively at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.
The Tigers scored a 6-1 win over the top-seeded Beavers thanks in part to Michael Papierski’s three-run homer. The catcher would later homer again, becoming the first known player ever to home runs from each side of the plate in a College World Series game.
Florida, led by ace pitcher Alex Faedo, eliminated TCU with a 3-0 win. Faedo, who could be made available on short rest in Game 3 of the final (if necessary), allowed three hits and no runs through 7 1/3 innings, striking out 11.
The Tigers have won six national championships since 1991 while the Gators have yet to win one despite 11 appearances at the CWS.
Florida won the head to head regular season matchup, taking 2 of 3 from the Tigers in Gainesville in March and LSU will be without starting pitcher Eric Walker (forearm). Is this the year the Gators finally win it all?
Here’s what you need to know for the final series in college baseball this season.
When does the 2017 College World Series Final start?
The best-of-three College World Series Finals will begin at 7 p.m. ET Monday, June 26. The second game is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, June 27, while the third and deciding game (if necessary) is slated for 8 p.m. ET Wednesday, June 28.
What TV channel is the 2017 College World Series Final on?
All games will be televised on ESPN and the WatchESPN app.
Who is the home team for the 2017 College World Series Final?
Per NCAA rules, LSU won a coin flip and will be the home team in Game 1. The Tigers won a second coin flip and will be the home team in Game 3 (if necessary).
Who is starting Game 1 of the College World Series for Florida and LSU?
Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan alluded to right-handed sophomore Brady Singer being the Game 1 starter on Monday while the Tigers are expected to counter with Jared Poche, who became LSU’s all-time wins leader in an elimination game vs. Florida State on Wednesday.