Florida hits four homers to knock out Miami
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.