The LSU baseball team faced a crushing defeat in Game 2 against Florida, breaking records with the highest run count, most home runs, and hits in a 24-4 loss. However, the series is far from over, as the Tigers had claimed a 4-3 victory in Game 1. Now, the 2023 Men’s College World Series comes down to a decisive Game 3, which will determine the ultimate champion.
Florida’s Offensive Surge in Game 2
In Game 1, Florida’s offense struggled against LSU’s Ty Floyd, who impressively struck out 17 batters over eight innings. Nevertheless, in Game 2, Florida’s offense exploded, smacking six home runs and tallying 23 hits. As the Tigers prepare for Game 3, they will need to find a strategy to counter Florida’s offensive prowess.
Key Players to Watch
The spotlight will be on LSU’s ace pitcher, Paul Skenes, who might take the mound with only three days of rest after throwing over 120 pitches in a victory against Wake Forest. Additionally, Thatcher Hurd, a standout prospect for the 2024 draft, could provide valuable pitching support.
Florida, on the other hand, will likely rely on their versatile player, Jac Caglianone. Not only does Caglianone lead NCAA Division I hitters with 33 home runs, but he also boasts a 3.68 ERA as a starting pitcher. His exceptional performance during the College World Series further solidifies his critical role for Florida.
Broadcasting and Streaming Details
The decisive Game 3 between LSU and Florida in the 2023 Men’s College World Series finals will be aired by ESPN. Karl Ravech will handle the play-by-play, while Eduardo Perez and Ben McDonald will provide analysis. Dani Wexelman will report from the dugouts and field level.
- TV channel: ESPN
- Live stream: Fubo, ESPN+
For cord-cutters, ESPN’s cable channel coverage can be streamed through ESPN+ or Fubo, which offers a free trial.
- First pitch: 7 p.m. ET
- Location: Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Neb.
College World Series Finals Schedule
The closely contested series between LSU and Florida has led to a dramatic Game 3. Here’s a brief recap:
Saturday, June 24: College World Series Finals Game 1
- Result: LSU 4, Florida 3 (11 innings)
Sunday, June 25: College World Series Finals Game 2
- Result: Florida 24, LSU 4
Monday, June 27: College World Series Finals Game 3
- Game Time (ET): 7 p.m.
- Channel: ESPN, Fubo
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