Freshman pitcher Tyler Dyson helped Florida win its first national championship Tuesday night in Omaha, Neb.

Dyson dealing in postseason to help UF win NCAA title

By Kevin Brockway Staff writer
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 8:18 AM

OMAHA, Neb. -- Florida freshman righty Tyler Dyson admitted he didn't sleep much Monday night.

“I was just thinking about this game, just going out there, executing the pitch call,” Dyson said.

In just his second career start, Dyson allowed one run in six innings, picking up the win in UF's 6-1 national title clinching win over LSU on Tuesday night in the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park.

Dyson (4-0) said he was prepared to go all nine innings if he needed, but was able to get through LSU's lineup twice, allowing a run on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 77 pitches. It was a season-long outing for Dyson, who pitched five scoreless innings out of the bullpen in UF's Super Regional clinching win over Wake Forest.

“He was good tonight,” Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. “He sunk the ball and trusted his defense. I thought his stuff last week against Wake was even a tick better. He has a chance to be really, really good.”

In his last three appearances this season, Dyson allowed just one earned run in 12.1 innings. Dyson exited the game in the seventh after allowing a leadoff infield single to Zach Watson. That run came across to score after Dyson exited the game, when third baseman Jared Smith drove a double into the right field gap off Florida sophomore righty Michael Byrne to cut UF's lead to 2-1.

Florida was able to rally for four runs in the bottom of the eighth to break the game open.

“I had the mindset of going until Sully took my out,” Dyson said. “So just feeding off the confidence from that Wake Forest outing really helped me think that I could go deep into the ballgame.”






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