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Chomping at Bits: Florida drops College World Series opener to Texas Tech

The Gators are down, but aren’t yet out.

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Florida drops College World Series opener to Texas Tech: After waiting three hours to start, the Gators’ first game of the CWS did not go as anticipated. Florida fell 6-3 to the Red Raiders in their first 2018 Omaha appearance. The victory was Texas Tech’s second all-time in the CWS and both have come against the Gators, with the Red Raiders eliminating Florida two years ago. The Gators now face Texas in an elimination game on Tuesday. The Longhorns are in the loser’s bracket after being on the receiving end of an Arkansas thumping. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators; Kendall Rogers, D1Baseball.com; Nick de la Torre, Gator Country)

A look at the College World Series field: On the eight teams in Omaha. (Eric Olson, Gainesville Sun)

Brady Singer wins National Player of the Year awards: The junior pitcher was named best player by D1Baseball.com and won the Dick Howser National Player of the Year this weekend. Singer is the second Florida player to win that award, following catcher Mike Zunino in 2012. (Gainesville Sun); Daniel Apple, Florida Gators)

Michael Byrne named 2018 Stopper of the Year: The award is presented annually by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association to the nation’s top relief pitcher. Byrne is the first UF player to win the award since its inception in 2005. (Daniel Apple, Florida Gators)

Scouting Todd Grantham’s defensive line: Focusing on the defensive line twist. (David Wunderlich, Gator Country)

Mississippi State will probably be better than Florida this year - and that’s okay: That’s the title of this piece looking at preseason predictions for Dan Mullen’s last program and his current one. (David Wunderlich, Gator Country)

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