JJ Schwarz broke out of a two-week hitting slump by driving in five runs — most of them on a grand slam — and Florida beat rival Florida State 7-0 on Monday night to secure the last spot in the College World Series.
The Gators (52-14) won the final two games in the best-of-three super regional to earn their fifth trip to Omaha, Neb., in the past seven years. Florida, the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, will play Coastal Carolina on Sunday night.
The Gators can only hope Schwarz keeps swinging as he did against the Seminoles (41-22). With the bases loaded, the sophomore hammered Jim Voyles’ hanging curveball over the left-field bleachers to put the Gators up 6-0 in the fifth inning. He added an RBI double in the sixth.
That was plenty of cushion for reliever Dane Dunning (6-3).