OMAHA, Neb.—Florida starting pitcher Alex Faedo showed why he was a first round MLB Draft pick with his performance on Sunday night.
The junior pitched seven shutout innings and limited the Horned Frogs to just two hits as the Gators won their College World Series opener 3-0 over TCU.
Florida (48-18) advances in the winner’s bracket and will face Louisville on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN. TCU (47-17) will face Texas A&M in an elimination game on Tuesday afternoon.
Sunday’s win was UF’s second 3-0 shutout in a row, also beating Wake Forest in last Monday’s Super Regional finale by the same scoreline.
Faedo was masterful, striking out 11 batters — the most ever by a Florida pitcher in a College World Series game. He now has 146 strikeouts on the season, tied for the most in the nation with Louisville’s Brendan McKay, who pitched in the Cardinals’ win earlier on Sunday.