Breazeale homer lifts Wake Forest over Florida in NCAA super regional
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 1:31
The Gators tied the score at 5 on a sacrifice fly from Austin Langworthy, but Wake Forest went back in front 6-5 on a solo home run in seventh from third baseman Johnny Aiello.
Storms rolled through Gainesville just before 4:30 p.m., with lightning that halted play for what would eventually be a almost four-hour weather delay.
Today's action was the resumption of Sunday's Game 2 which was suspended due to rain in the bottom of the fifth inning with the Deacons leading 5-4. In the top of the 11th, Wake Forest had another shot at breaking the game open with bases loaded, but Byrne got out of the inning with a strikeout. Jonathan Pryor singled to center field.
Ben Breazeale clubbed a mammoth 2-run walk-off homer over the scoreboard in right field to send the Demon Deacons to an 8-6 win in 11 innings and force a winner-take-all Game 3, which will start around 4:05 p.m. here at McKethan Stadium. The call was upheld upon an official review.
The Gators, the third national seed, are trying to advance to Omaha for the third consecutive year and the sixth time in eight seasons. Reliever Tyler Dyson was able to strand a subsequent runner on third to keep it a one-run game.
But O'Sullivan opted to bring in closer Michael Byrne - Florida's all-time leader for saves in a season - for the ninth inning and a three-out save, and that move to pull a rolling Singer would immediately backfire.
The Gators (46-17) loaded the bases against Griffin Roberts (2-5) on a walk and two hit batters.
Kowar would allow two more hits and load the bases, but Logan Harvey, the Demon Deacons' No. 9 hitter, would ground out to end the inning.
Florida Gators pitcher Alex Faedo (21) takes the mound for the Gators during the Super Regional against Wake Forest during an NCAA college baseball Super Regional game against Wake Forest in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, June 10, 2017.
Deacon Liput, who had a homer and 3 RBIs in the first part of the game Sunday, drove a liner to deep left in the top of the ninth before it was hauled in at the wall.