The Gator baseball team has advanced to the championship round of the College World Series after beating the Vanderbilt Commodores 6-4 Friday afternoon in Omaha.
Florida beat the Commodores for the fifth time in six tries this season but it wasn’t easy this time around.
The Commodores got a first inning 1-0 lead on an Aaron Westlake solo homer but the Gators quickly tied the score at 1-1. Florida built a 4-1 lead but could not hold it as the Commodores scored two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to tie the game.
However, Florida got two runs in the eighth inning on a bases loaded single by Preston Tucker and a Mike Zunino strikeout when he reached first base when the catcher could not handle the third strike.
Reliever Austin Maddox, making his first appearance in the College World Series, got the win in relief as the Gators improve to 53-17 on the year.
Florida now awaits the winner of the South Carolina-Virginia matchup to see who it will play in the CWS final. The Gamecocks need to win only one of a possible two games against the Cavaliers to advance and get a chance to defend its national title against Florida.