by John Mamola
Brady Singer struck out a career-high 12, a record for a finals game and a Gators College World Series record, as Florida went on to defeat LSU in game one of the best of three series 4-3. Jonathan India had a two-run double in the fourth and closer Michael Byrne pitched the final two innings to give UF its first victory in a finals game since being swept in the 2005 finals by Texas and in the 2011 finals by South Carolina.
With one out in the eighth, LSU's Josh Smith had an RBI single to right-center that made it 4-3, but was thrown out by Nick Horvath trying to stretch it into a double. Byrne then got the third out, and set down the Tigers in order in the ninth.
A victory tonight or Wednesday would give the Gators the title, their first College World Series championship in school history.
In other news from around the state:
- The Tampa Bay Rays acquired veteran shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from the Miami Marlins in exchange for two minor leaguers. Tampa Bay acquired the veteran shortstop from the Marlins more than a month before the trade deadline and will most likely make room for Hechavarria at shortstop by shifting Tim Beckham from the position to play second base. Outfielder Braxton Lee and pitcher Ethan Clark will go to Miami in the deal.
- Former Tampa Bay Lightning Captain Dave Andreychuk has been elected to the Hockey Hall Of Fame. Andreychuk became eligible for the Hall in 2009, and is the NHL all-time leader for career power-play goals with 274 during his 23 seasons. He's the league's 14th-leading goal scorer with 640 tallies, and Andreychuk is tied with Denis Savard for 29th place. The future hall of famer's 1,639 games played are seventh-most in league history.