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Florida knocks out Texas Tech 9-6 at College World Series

Texas Tech shortstop Michael Davis stretches to catch a fly ball carried by the wind which was hit by Florida's Deacon Liput during the first inning of a College World Series elimination game Thursday in Omaha, Neb.
Texas Tech shortstop Michael Davis stretches to catch a fly ball carried by the wind which was hit by Florida's Deacon Liput during the first inning of a College World Series elimination game Thursday in Omaha, Neb. AP Photo

JJ Schwarz hit a two-run homer and Florida built enough cushion to survive Texas Tech’s six-run outburst over the seventh and eighth innings and eliminate the Red Raiders from the College World Series with a 9-6 win Thursday night.

The Gators (49-20) have won two straight following a loss to Tech in their CWS opener and moved to the Bracket 2 final against Southeastern Conference rival Arkansas. The No. 1 national seed would have to beat the Razorbacks on Friday and again Saturday to return to the best-of-three championship round next week.

Florida freshman Jack Leftwich (5-5) allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out five in 6 1/3 innings. He escaped trouble in the second and fourth innings before leaving with two runners on base in the seventh.

That’s when Tech (45-20) and its high-scoring offense started to make trouble for the Gators and their bullpen.

Tech scored three times against four pitchers in the seventh to make it a two-run game. The Gators got those three runs back in the top of the eighth, with Brady Smith tripling off the center-field wall.

Tech came back with three more runs in the eighth against three relievers to make it 8-6. Florida got one of those runs back in the ninth, and Michael Byrne pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 16th save.

Josh Jung went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and Grant Little drove in three runs for Texas Tech.

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