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Chomping at Bits: Florida and LSU in all-SEC College World Series championship

The Gators and Tigers begin the best-of-three championship series tonight.

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Gators and Tigers meet in all-SEC College World Series finals: Florida and LSU shared this season’s regular-season SEC title. The Gators won their series with the Tigers in March, picking up the first two victories before LSU won the series finale, but both teams are a bit different now than they were earlier this season. (Eric Olson, Gainesville Sun; Michael Lananna, Baseball America; Randy Rosetta, Florida Times Union; Jim Lohmar, SB Nation)

Florida’s pitching carrying the Gators: Despite scoring 13 runs in Omaha, Florida is two wins away from its first ever national title in baseball. The Gators’ pitching staff allowed one run in Florida’s three CWS wins. (Rich Kaipust, Omaha World-Herald; Ethan Bauer, Miami Herald; Mitch Sherman, ESPN)

On Alex Faedo’s fantastic CWS performances: Whatever happens in the championship series against LSU, Faedo will be remembered for his dominant run to help the Gators get there. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators; Nick Suss, SEC Country)

Three Gators in L.A. for 2017 Honda Sports Award Ceremony: Each season, the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program recognizes the top collegiate female student-athlete in 12 sports. A quarter of the recipients this year are from Florida. Three Gators were awarded the top honor in their sport this season - Alex McMurtry in gymnastics, Belinda Woolcock in tennis, and Kelly Barnhill in softball. Tonight, three finalists are named for the overall Honda Cup Award, and one woman will be selected as the overall winner. (Mary Howard, Florida Gators)

Track and field Gators qualify for IAAF World Championships: Florida had 14 athletes qualify for August's IAAF World Championships in London. (Zach Dirlam, Florida Gators)

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