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Chomping at Bits: Florida baseball facing Texas Tech in College World Series elimination game

The Gators need to win today to stay in Omaha.

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Florida baseball ready to rally after disappointing loss: The Gators fell to the loser's bracket after dropping their first game of the 2016 College World Series against Coastal Carolina on Sunday. Florida has been in similar positions already this postseason. The Gators lost their first double-elimination game in the SEC Tournament before rallying to win three straight and reach the finals against Texas A&M. Florida also was shut out in its first Super Regional game against FSU before winning two to take the series and advance.

Now, the Gators will need to win four straight in order to reach the CWS finals. The last team to lose its opening CWS game and win it all was South Carolina in 2010. Florida faces Texas Tech in an elimination game today at 5:00 p.m. (on ESPN2) (Kevin Brockway, Gainesville SunScott Carter, Florida GatorsGeorge Richards, Miami Herald)

Gators counting on Alex Faedo this afternoon: Faedo has become Florida's second starter late in the season due to the inconsistency of A.J. Puk. (Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun)

Reliever Dane Dunning may play key role in rally attempt: Dunning will be the first option out of the bullpen today against Texas Tech. He threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings in Sunday's loss and has allowed only one earned run in his last 20 2/3 innings. (Mike Malloy, Orlando Sentinel)

Florida football freshmen reporting to campus today: All of the Gators' remaining signees will arrive in Gainesville this week; except junior college transfer cornerback Joseph Putu, who will arrive in August. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

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