Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Florida advances to CWS on walk-off HR off outfielder's glove

Florida advances to CWS on walk-off HR off outfielder's glove

A walk-off home run by Langworthy in the 11th inning delivered the Florida Gators a 3-2 win against Auburn and returned them to the College World Series.

Byrne's Herculean relief effort set the stage for Langworthy in the 11th, when the left fielder stepped to the plate against Auburn closer Cody Greenhill.

"It's unbelievable", said Langworthy, who had hits in the right-field gap and down the left-field line erased by diving catches. Instead, the Gators head to the College World Series for the fourth straight year on a walk-off home run.

"Right when I hit it I knew it had a chance", Langworthy said.

Some teams just get all the luck.

Langworthy also had a memorable at-bat earlier in the contest.

He has similar misfortune in the eighth inning when he sent a shallow fly ball to left field.

Florida sophomore left fielder Austin Langworthy is developing a knack for coming up with big hits in big spots.

"I think in this game everything comes back to you".

The game started off about as well as it possibly could for Florida. "He looked like a No. 1 pitcher in our league".

Auburn would fight back in the third.

Auburn tied it on Williams' two-out, RBI single in the third.

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The Gators quickly took the lead back in the fourth on a gutsy base running move. "We just couldn't get anything going against him". Well, that's exactly what Horvath was trying to do, because Florida's Blake Reese was looking to steal home for the go-ahead run.

After a Brady Smith strike out, Reese made something happen. During regional play, Auburn's offense pushed across 40 runs.

Auburn tied the score at 2 in the seventh due to a pair of Gator miscues.

Reese said the play "very seldom happens" and the timing has to be ideal for it to work. "But when you get the chance to do something like that everything's gotta, the timings gotta be ideal and credit Nick (Horvath) too on the other end of that". With the game on the line, Byrne tossed four scoreless frames, showing no hangover from allowing the walk-off hit on Sunday.

Florida starter Jack Leftwich held Auburn to a run on four hits in 5.0 innings. Jarvis moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored on Josh Anthony's fly ball to right. Langworthy lined a Greenhill 94 miles per hour fastball to deep right field.

Jarvis tagged from third as Dalton rifled a ball from the outfield to the plate. That provided Reese with enough time to charge home, where he beat the throw from Mitchell and slid in safe past Wright. But the Auburn second baseman dove under the tag of the Florida catcher and touched home plate before the tag was applied.

"Michael Byrne was special again", O'Sullivan said.

Both bullpens were phenomenal.

In the top of the 10th inning, Auburn strung together a two-out rally. Holland followed a two-out infield single by stealing second base to put himself into scoring position.

The home run was Langworthy's second in the series against the Tigers, and his fourth of the year. It was India's team-leading 20th home run of the season.

Nelson Maldonado started it off with an infield single and India followed that with a walk.

Florida will have to wait nearly a week to begin play in Omaha. Sully's squad knocked off LSU last season to win the first baseball national title in school history. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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