Florida beats Oklahoma State, advances to baseball super regionals scheduled for Saturday.

0
395
FILE - Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan meets with umpires before the team's NCAA college baseball game against Florida A&M in Gainesville, Fla., in this Wednesday, March 4, 2020, file photo. Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan might have the easiest or toughest job in college baseball this season. “Sully” has what’s widely considered the deepest and most talented team in the country. He can pencil in last year’s lineup and feel pretty good about his chances since Florida won 16 of 17 games before the coronavirus pandemic shuttered the 2020 season. He also has some daunting decisions ahead in terms of who to play and who to sit as the Gators try to pick up where they left off and remain the team to beat.(AP Photo/Gary McCullough, File)

STILLWATER, Okla. — Ashton Wilson gave Florida the lead for good with a two-run single in the second inning and reliever Fisher Jameson retired all 10 Oklahoma State batters he faced to close out the game, leading the Gators to a 4-2 victory over the 11th-seeded Cowboys on Monday in the championship game of the Stillwater Regional.

Florida (32-28), runnerup to LSU last season and unseeded this year, will head to the best-of-three Clemson Super Regional to take on the sixth-seeded Tigers beginning Friday or Saturday.

Florida took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning against Cowboys starter Tommy Molsky. No. 9 hitter Michael Robertson was hit by a pitch leading off and Jac Caglianone (Plant High) followed with a one-out double. Wilson plated both with a single to rightfield.

Oklahoma State (42-19) pushed a run across in the top of the fourth when Zach Ehrhard (Wharton High) scored all the way from first base on a double down the leftfield line by Aidan Meola.

Dale Thomas singled, stole second and scored on a one-out single by Robertson as Florida got the run right back in the bottom of the inning.

The Cowboys loaded the bases with nobody out in the top of the fifth against reliever Frank Menendez but managed only Ehrhard’s sacrifice fly to get within a run.

Florida lost 18-4 to LSU in the CWS title game last season. The Gators have been to the event 13 times, winning their only championship in 2017 with a 6-1 victory over LSU. Florida also finished second in 2005 and 2011, losing to Texas and South Carolina, respectively.

Oklahoma State has made 20 College World Series appearances. The Cowboys have finished as the runners-up five times, most recently in 1990. They won their only championship in 1959, beating Arizona 5-0.