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Florida vs. Miami, 2015 College World Series game thread: We invented the remix

Florida must take down an in-state foe to stay alive in Omaha.

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Prior to last Friday, Florida hadn't played Miami in a College World Series. After Wednesday night, the Gators and Hurricanes will have met twice.

And Florida will have to keep a spotless record against the 'Canes to keep playing.

That's the task before Florida on Wednesday (8 p.m., ESPN or WatchESPN), thanks to its exasperating 1-0 loss to Virginia late Monday night. The Gators recorded just two hits in that game after shelling Miami for 15 runs11 in a single inning — in their CWS opener last Friday.

But that brownout was against Virginia pitcher Brandon Waddell, who's become one of the best College World Series pitchers ever over the last two years. Florida fared far better against Miami's staff and bullpen on Friday — and that was with 'Canes ace Andrew Suarez toeing the bump to begin. Tonight, Miami will start Enrique Sosa, who's thrown the fewest innings of the four Miami starters with at least 11 starts on the season, but has posted the most earned runs, walks, wild pitches, and hit batters in the 'Canes rotation.

Florida will counter with Alex Faedo, who emerged as a strong Sunday starter toward the latter half of the SEC schedule. Faedo hasn't pitched since Florida's Gainesville Regional-clinching win against Florida Atlantic on May 31, but he was excellent in that game, allowing one earned run on three hits in six innings, while striking out six and walking one. And after the Owls tagged Faedo for that run on two hits in the first inning, just one runner advanced as far as second against him.

To be clear, Florida is still the favorite tonight, which is reflected in things like D1 Baseball's quartet of prognosticators agreeing the Gators will go on. But Florida was the favorite against Virginia, too, and struggled to solve Waddell and reliever Josh Sborz. If that struggle continues against Sosa, Florida might not be long for Omaha.