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Starting pitcher Karsten Whitson pitched six scoreless innings on Sunday.

Sunday May 25, 2014Florida Falls to LSU 2-0 in SEC Tournament Final

Hoover, Ala.

Starting pitcher Karsten Whitson pitched six scoreless innings on Sunday.

HOOVER, Alabama – The Florida baseball team fell to LSU 2-0 in the 2014 Southeastern Conference Tournament Final on Sunday afternoon. The teams were scoreless through seven innings, before a two-run homer provided the games’ only runs.

The story in the early part of the game was the pitching for both sides. Florida starter Karsten Whitson pitched 6+ scoreless innings, allowing only 3 hits, and LSU starter Alden Cartwright pitched four scoreless innings for the Tigers.

The stalemate ended in the top of the eighth inning, as LSU’s Sean McMullen hit a 2-run homer to right field to get the Tigers on the board first.

LSU’s Kurt McCune entered the game in the eighth and pitched a pair of scoreless innings to save the game for the Tigers.

 

Postgame Quotes

Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan

“It was a great game. It’s how a championship game should be. It was close on both sides. I thought both teams played outstanding defense. It just came down to one pitch. I’m really pleased with how we played this week. We lost that first game Wednesday to Kentucky, but we battled back to get to the final game. Tip your hat to LSU. It’s good to be done with the SEC schedule, and we can play somebody else. We’re looking forward to next week. We’ll get back to Gainesville and practice on Tuesday.”

Karsten Whitson, P

“I felt good in the pen (before the game). I had three pitches that were really working for me. I pitched a solid six innings and went out there and executed my game plan.”

Game Notes

  • Florida fell to 6-6 in SEC Tournament finals.
  • Gator pitching held an LSU team that had scored 85 runs on 104 hits in its previous seven games to just two runs on six hits.
  • Florida fell to 23-2 when limiting the opponent to two runs or fewer.
  • Today was only the third time this season the Gators were shutout.
  • Three Gators made the 2014 SEC All-Tournament Team: OF Harrison Bader, 3B Josh Tobias and RHP Karsten Whitson.

Up Next

On Sunday night, the NCAA will announce the regional sites for the 2014 NCAA Baseball Tournament. The full field will be announced on a selection show on Monday at noon on ESPNU.

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