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.
Just in case you weren’t convinced, though, I’d like to power rank all of the troubling components of the Cubs’ season. These are all the problems that I can see from the outside, and I’ll order them from least worrisome to ruh roh. A team can’t really go from young and amazing to below-average in one offseason without losing anyone critical.
In such circumstances, the Umpire shall call the ball dead, and all other base runners shall return to the last base touched at the time of the collision.
LSU will face Florida State on Wednesday in an elimination game, and that’s an exciting prospect.