What to know: LSU vs. Florida for all the marbles Monday night

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BATON ROUGE — Monday evening is a quick turnaround for LSU baseball as the team looks to shake off the historic loss in Game 2 of the College World Series Sunday.

In Sunday’s game, No. 2 Florida set a new record for the highest number of runs scored in a CWS game, securing a resounding 24-4 victory over LSU. The previous record of 23 runs was held by Notre Dame in their game against Northern Colorado back in 1957.

With Sunday’s loss, the best-of-three series is now tied, setting the stage for an all-or-nothing season finale on Monday.

Winner Takes All

The winner of Monday night’s game will be the last team standing in the college baseball season.

In the history of the finals since the NCAA implemented the best-of-three format for the championship round in 2003, the series has gone to a third game on ten occasions. Among those ten series, the team that emerged triumphant in Game 2 has claimed victory in seven instances. This trend includes the last five series that extended to a decisive third game, Nola.com reports.

Notably, the 2009 LSU team is among the three teams that managed to win Game 1, suffer defeat in Game 2, and ultimately prevail in Game 3.

LSU starting pitcher

Earlier on Monday afternoon, LSU baseball announced that Thatcher Hurd will be the starting pitcher for Monday’s game.

So far in Omaha, Hurd has displayed an impressive 1.50 ERA across two outings. In a total of six innings pitched, he has given up four hits and only one earned run, while recording six strikeouts and four walks. In his most recent performance on June 22 against Wake Forest, Hurd threw 47 pitches, allowing just one hit and no earned runs, and securing a strikeout.

During his previous appearance against Wake Forest on June 19, Hurd tossed 65 pitches over three innings, allowing one run on three hits with five strikeouts and three walks.

Monday’s game will mark Hurd’s 11th start of the season, having appeared in a total of 22 games. Throughout the season, he has amassed 57 1/3 innings pitched, resulting in an overall ERA of 5.97.

Florida starting pitcher

Florida sophomore Jac Caglianone will start for the Gators, according to Floridagators.com. Caglianone was a finalist for The Golden Spikes Award, which LSU’s Dylan Crews won.

Caglianone has started twice in the NCAA Tournament. He pitched six shutout innings against Florida A&M in the Gainesville Regional.

He pitched Omaha on June 21 against TCU. He went 4 1/3 and allowed one run on three hits with four strikeouts and three walks.

Overall, he holds a 3.68 ERA in 73 1/3 innings pitched with a 7-3 record over 17 appearances.

Weather report at first pitch

According to Accuweather’s hour-by-hour report, the forecast for 6 p.m. Monday in Omaha calls for sunny skies, 85 degrees, and a 13-mph wind blowing from the north-northwest.

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