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Florida Gators game against Kentucky postponed due to weather

Untitled designby:Nick de la Torre06/18/24


OMAHA, Neb. — The Florida Gators and Kentucky Wildcats will have to wait to play their elimination game. Game 10 of the College World Series was officially postponed due to weather in Omaha. Florida and Kentucky will play on Wednesday, June 19 at 11 a.m. ET with the winner moving on to play Texas A&M on Wednesday night at approximately 7 p.m ET.

By moving game 10 to Wednesday, game 11 (Tennessee vs FSU/UNC) will now start at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday with game 12 (Texas A&M vs UF/UK) starting at 7 p.m. ET. All three games will air on ESPN.  Gates for game 10 will open at 9 a.m. Central.  Parking lots surrounding Charles Schwab Field Omaha and the stadium box office will open at 8 a.m. Central time. Game tickets for games 10, 11, and 12 are still valid when those games are played.

The Gators are expected to start left-hander Pierce Coppola. Kentucky has not announced who will start their game.

The off-day on Tuesday could benefit Florida. After coming up just short against the Texas A&M Aggies in their first game, Florida was set to have to play and win four games on consecutive days in order to get back to the College World Series Final.

Florida Gators vs Kentucky Wildcats

This will be the fourth meeting between the two teams this season. Kentucky traveled to Florida in May for the second to last weekend of the 2024 regular season.

The Gators held the lead for most of the Friday matchup and Kentucky was even down to its very last strike trailing 8-6. Ryan Nicholson belted a three-run home run to give Kentucky its first lead since they scored a run in the top of the first inning. The Wildcats would go on to score three more runs in the 10th and three in the 11th to take the first game.

The Gators responded with, perhaps, their most complete game of the entire season on Saturday. Freshman Liam Peterson threw a career-high six innings, allowed just one run, walked two, and struck out six. He stymied a Kentucky lineup that had pounded out 13 hits and 11 runs the night before. The Gators got two home runs from Luke Heyman and another from Cade Kurland in a 10-1 win.

Kentucky spoiled senior day at Condron Family Ballpark with a 7-5 win in 10 innings. Jac Caglianone was great in his start. He allowed three runs but just one was earned over 6.1 innings of work. Florida’s offense was blanked through six innings but cut the score to 3-2 on a two-RBI double by Ashton Wilson in the seventh inning. Florida knotted it at three on a Tyler Shelnut home run in the ninth inning but left the bases loaded before heading to extra frames. Kentucky would score four times in the 10th inning to take the game and the series.

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