Florida hits four homers to knock out Mi­ami

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OMAHA — Har­ri­son Bader led off the game with the first of Florida’s four home runs, Alex Faedo and two re­liev­ers com­bined on a four-hitter, and the Ga­tors knocked Mi­ami out of the Col­lege World Se­ries with a 10-2 win Wed­nes­day night.

It was the sec­ond time in five days the Ga­tors (51-17) dom­i­nated Mi­ami, and now they will play Vir­ginia on Fri­day need­ing to beat the Cava­liers twice to reach next week’s best-of-three fi­nals.

The Hur­ri­canes (50-17) went 1-2 in their first CWS ap­pear­ance since 2008.

Two nights af­ter Vir­ginia beat Florida, 1-0, the Ga­tors’ of­fense was back to its usual pro­lific self against the Hur­ri­canes. The Ga­tors outscored Mi­ami, 25-5, in the two CWS meet­ings.

Buddy Reed, Richie Martin and Peter Alonso also home­red for the Ga­tors.

In 213 to­tal games at the sta­dium, Wed­nes­day’s marked the first with more than two homers.

Faedo (6-1) pitched into the sixth in­ning in his first ap­pear­ance since May 31. He re­lied on his slider to strike out seven, but he strug­gled a bit with his fast­ball and is­sued a sea­son-high four walks.

Mi­ami starter En­rique Sosa (7-5) lasted just one in­ning. Bader drove Sosa’s fourth pitch more than 400 feet for his 16th homer. Four bat­ters later, Reed sent Sosa’s high fast­ball out to right for a 3-0 lead.

Florida has ended Mi­ami’s sea­sons four times in the NCAA tour­na­ment since 2009.

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