LSU baseball thrashes No. 2 Florida, claims 2023 College World Series title
LSU delivered the payback of all paybacks Monday night, winning the 2023 College World Series in dominant fashion over Florida, 18-4.
The win gives LSU baseball its 7th national title in program history and first since 2009. Paul Skenes, the nation’s top pitcher, never even lifted a finger.
No, instead it was Thatcher Hurd on the mound just mowing down Florida batters left and right. He collected himself following a 2-run home run in the first inning by Wyatt Langford to throw 6 innings, allowing just 2 hits and 2 runs while striking out 7. That boost was just what the doctor ordered for LSU.
Unlike Game 2, it was Florida’s pitching staff which struggled Monday night. The Tigers totaled 24 (a finals record) hits with the help of just 2 home runs.
Every single Tigers batter recorded at least one hit. Florida broke the record for the most hits in a finals game yesterday (23) until the Tigers broke it again Monday.
Here’s the final out and ensuing celebration:
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Some spectacular performances left their mark on Monday night’s game. For one, there was the final outing of Golden Spikes Award winner Dylan Crews, who finished 4-6 with 3 runs and an RBI. His penultimate at-bat, naturally, was roped into right field for a triple.
He hit Angel Reese’s iconic ring celebration immediately after.
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For the record, his final at-bat was a first-pitch single to center field. Did anyone expect anything different? He finished 12-32 in the MCWS while batting .375.
Another memorable performance came from SS Jordan Thompson, who followed up some rough hitting in the CWS with a 3 RBI game, the most of any Tiger. Entering Monday Thompson was 1-30 in the MCWS and 0-9 in the finals.
LSU finishes its banner year on top with a 54-17 record.