LSU wins College World Series championship, routs Florida in Game 3

LSU celebrates after defeating Florida in Game 3 of the College World Series.

It’s a great day to be a Tiger.

The LSU baseball team ended its season at the same spot where it began: the No. 1 team in the country, after defeating Florida 18-4 in Game 3 of the Men’s College World Series final in Omaha, Nebraska, for its seventh national championship in program history.

Despite giving up a MCWS-record 24 runs in Game 2, the Tigers bounced back in the winner-take-all game on Monday night thanks to a dominant pitching performance by starter Thatcher Hurd and offensive production up and down the lineup with every starting position player getting at least one hit.

The Tigers out-hit the Gators 24 to 5 in the decisive game and forced Florida to use six pitchers. After giving up a two-run homer to Wyatt Langford in the bottom of the first, Hurd was unhittable, giving up just the two first-inning hits and striking out seven in six innings to earn the win.

LSU starting pitcher Thatcher Hurd (26) throws against the Florida Gators during Game 3 of the College World Series final.

LSU turned its early two-run deficit into a four-run lead, scoring six runs in the top of the second after batting around and chasing Gators starter Jac Caglianone. The Shohei Ohtani-like Caglianone was big in the batter’s box in the Gators’ Game 2 win with two homers and five RBI.

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