The Florida Gators have done everything that was expected of them and more this afternoon in Gainesville in the first game of their Super Regional series, and they're halfway to the College World Series after an 11-1 win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Hudson Randall put together a fantastic start, going eight strong innings, giving up just one earned. He threw 115 pitches - 81 of them strikes - to go along with a line of six hits, two walks, and a season high eight strikeouts. Keenan Kish closed out the game in the ninth inning as Florida got to save their talented bullpen.
It was a rough day for Mississippi State starting pitcher Evan Mitchell, who was pulled when the first pitch of the third inning went for a Mike Zunino home run. That solo home run was the seventh run that the Freshman gave up as the Gators bats tore Mississippi State apart in the early going. The Gators' catcher and SEC Player of the Year was fantastic, going 2-4 with a walk and three RBI.
Florida will be big favorites tomorrow to become the first team to advance to Omaha, as Gators freshman pitcher Karsten Whitson will be a big favorite pitching against Bulldogs starter Nick Routt.