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College World Series 2017 scores and bracket: Texas A&M eliminated, Florida remains unbeaten

Bye bye, Aggies.

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The College World Series are thoroughly underway in Omaha, and the group of eight’s second team has been eliminated. Texas A&M’s postseason hopes are over after a 4-1 loss to TCU.

No. 6 overall national seed TCU faced down Texas A&M in the early session, 4-1, and the Aggies end a rather amazing tournament run that began with them upending the Houston regional hosts. They went on to host lovable underdogs Davidson in the College Station super, but the Wildcats had nothing to offer in the way of wins.

They took a hard one on the chin against Louisville to open their Omaha set, 8-4, and there’s a certain poetic appropriateness that they should crash out of the CWS at the hands of TCU, with whom they played a 16-inning monster in the super regionals back in 2010. No such luck in 2017, though.

In the highly anticipated evening session, Florida and Louisville met for an absolute gem of a matchup. The Cards’ Kade McClure throws as hard as anyone in the game, with a fastball that reach up into the mid 90s. So no surprise, then, that he should retire the first three batters he faced.

Florida strong arm starter Brady Singer — who cussed and hollered like a champion after Game 3 of the Gainesville super was suspended due to weather — took the mound for the Gators, and he also struck out the first batter he faced. His mechanics are rigid, nearly robotic, and it’s little wonder that he also took down the side in order to begin the outing. Oh yeah, he can throw 95 consistently, so there’s that.

McClure dusted off the side in order to start the second, and Singer allowed the game’s first hit on a liner to left, but still neither team could break through and the pitchers’ duel was on.

That was not long to last, however, as the Gators’ offensive production opened up in the third and fourth, with Austin Langworthy slapping a big bad homer off the left field foul pole and Deacon Liput plating three runs after him. By then the score was 4-0 Gators, and Louisville had no answer to either rally.

The remainder of the middle frames slunk on by, with neither pitcher surrendering hits or walks. Singer at one point retired 11 straight batters, and he was well on his way to topping Alex Faedo’s school record for strikeouts from two nights prior, though he did give up a single in the bottom of the sixth, which eventually led to runners at the corners. Singer worked out of that jam with a strikeout, and they danced off to the seventh.

Scoring resumed in the top of the seventh when Mike Rivera dropped a double into right field, scoring Liput for the Gators’ fifth run of the night. In a game where scoring was at a premium, a 5-0 lead right then seemed insurmountable, and Louisville was already on its second arm of the night, bringing in Adam Elliott to spell McClure, who was by then showing signs of fatigue after 88 pitches.

The Cards finally busted through in the bottom of the seventh, thanks to a Colin Lyman blooper to right that plated two-way ace Brendan McKay. Josh Stowers then moved McKay over to third on a wicked single to left, and suddenly Singer was taking on water. That run ended a 24-inning streak of scoreless pitching from Florida’s staff, and Singer wasn’t done there. He walked the next batter to load the bases, then yielded a groundout at second on his 101st pitch. He was done for the night then, with seven innings of work and nine strikeouts.

Nick Horvath began the eighth for the Gators, but he lasted just two outs before getting spelled by Tyler Dyson, who inherited a runner at second. In any case, Dyson got himself out of that situation and Florida plated no runs in the ninth to hand the potato back over to Louisville.

Dyson forced a grounder to the shortstop, then struck out the next batter, and gassed the third to close up shop. Game, 5-1, Gators. Here are your current scores and schedule.

Scores and schedule for College World Series

All times Eastern

Bracket group 1

No. 1 Oregon State, Cal State Fullerton, No. 4 LSU, Florida State

Saturday, June 17

Game 1: Oregon State def. Cal State Fullerton, 6-5
Game 2: LSU def. Florida State, 8 p.m., 5-4

Monday, June 19

Game 3: Florida State elimin. Cal State Fullerton, 6-4
Game 4: Oregon State def. LSU, 13-1

Wednesday, June 21

Game 5: Florida State vs. LSU, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Friday, June 23

Game 6: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 3 p.m. (ESPN)

Saturday, June 24

Game 7 (if Game 5 winner wins Game 7): Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner (ESPN)

Bracket group 2

No. 7 Louisville, Texas A&M, No. 3 Florida, No. 6 TCU

Sunday, June 18

Game 1: Louisville def. Texas A&M, 8-4
Game 2: Florida def. TCU, 3-0

Tuesday, June 20

Game 3: TCU elimin. Texas A&M, 4-1
Game 4: Florida def. Louisville, 5-1

Thursday, June 22

Game 5: TCU vs. Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

Friday, June 23

Game 6: Florida vs. Game 5 winner, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Saturday, June 24

Game 7 (if Game 5 winner wins Game 7): Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner (ESPN)

College World Series Final

Best-of-three series

Game 1: Monday, June 26, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 2: Tuesday, June 27, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 3*: Wednesday, June 28, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
*if necessary