Florida vs. LSU 2017, College World Series score: Gators take Game 1, 4-3

Florida and LSU earned tickets to the College World Series final round, a best-of-three set that will crown this year’s NCAA baseball tournament champions. Florida dismantled LSU, 4-3, to score the first strike, and the Gators stand just one win away from their first-ever CWS title.

Without the services of Alex Lange or Jared Poch, LSU threw Russell Reynolds to start Game 1 of the best-of-three final series, and he immediately put a man on first on the second batter he faced. That threat, such as it was, didn’t last long, though, as Dalton Guthrie tried to advance to second on a semi-wild pitch but was gunned down on his slide into the base.

The Bronx Bombers are back. After finishing 22nd in total offense and 19th in home runs in the league last season, the Yankees now rank fourth in the league in both of those categories. Aaron Judge is leading the way on offense, batting .324 with 44 runs, 18 home runs, and 41 RBI through the team’s first 54 games. Judge enters Tuesday night’s game with an eight-game hitting streak.

Here it is. My favorite combination of baseball skill and baseball absurdity. There is nothing better or more pure than this.

Bengie Molina ran like Yadier Molina was hanging from his ankles and begging him not to run. He was, quite possibly, the slowest baseball player I have ever seen. Perhaps the slowest baseball player I will ever see. And that’s when he was in his prime. In this game, he was 35 years old. In catcher years, that’s closer to 45 when it comes to legging out triples.

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