Later Gator, Florida Falls To Virginia 5-4 In College World Series Semifinal
By SCOTT CARTER, GatorZone.com Senior Writer // June 21, 2015
Finish Season 52-18
OMAHA, NEBRASKA (GatorZone.com) – The Gators had their rally caps out, shaking them along the dugout rail as the outs whittled away in the ninth inning.
Dalton Guthrie flew out to center for the first out. Pinch-hitter Jeremy Vasquez grounded out to third for out No. 2. Down to their final out, Harrison Bader laced his career-high fourth hit of the game up the middle to keep Florida’s hopes alive.
However, Richie Martin’s ground ball to second ended the game and the Gators’ bid to make it back to the College World Series championship series for the third time in school history.
Instead, a memorable 2015 season for UF finally ran out of rallies as the Gators lost to Virginia, 5-4, one game shy of facing SEC East rival Vanderbilt for the national title.
The Gators ended the season 52-18. Meanwhile, Virginia advances to face Vanderbilt in a rematch of last year’s CWS, won by the Commodores.
“I’m really proud of our guys,” Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said.
“We had a tremendous year. There’s a lot to be proud of. When you get to this part of the season — the end of the season — it’s just so abrupt. It’s over like that.”