It’s always sad when someone dies, so I’d like to preface this by giving out sincere condolences to the family and friends of Patrick Killebrew. Killebrew’s obituary made the rounds over the weekend, because of one detail that caught the eyes of Nationals fans. Here’s the obituary from the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Pat, age 68, passed away peacefully at home, June 20, 2017, after watching the Washington Nationals relief pitchers blow yet another lead. Beloved father and husband, longtime attorney, former U.S. Navy Navigator and avid baseball fan and player. Join in a celebration of his life July 2, 6 to 8 p.m., at the SCA Clubhouse, 9601 Redbridge Rd., 23236. In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Nationals Bullpen Fund.
Florida then created a buildup in the top of the third, putting runners on second and third. LSU then intentionally walked catcher Mike Rivera to load the bases, which brought up Ryan Larson, the hero of the Gainesville super regional. He struck out looking for the second out of the frame, then Horvath popped up to the left side to end Florida’s threat.
The Gators really exploded in the top of the eighth, plating four runs and capitalizing on one of the worst base running blunders the College World Series has ever seen. LSU’s Jake Slaughter went out of his way to collide with Florida’s second baseman, and that immediately wiped the Tigers’ tying run off the board. Florida’s answer? Four runs in the next inning.
That was all Florida would need, forcing a pair of groundouts in the top of the ninth to seal the deal. That’s the Gators’ first College World Series championship in program history after making the final series three times previously.