NCAA baseball fans can watch live online as the Florida Gators face their arch-rivals, the Miami Hurricanes, for the second time in five days in the 2015 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. But Wednesday’s game is an eliminator, with each team already racking up one loss in the eight-team, double-elimination tournament.
When the teams met on Saturday, Florida went wild in the fourth inning, putting 11 runs in the board on its way to handing Miami the most one-sided postseason defeat in the school’s history — a 15-3 drubbing. And an extensive history it is. Miami is making its 24th College World Series appearance after earning its 43rd consecutive berth in the NCAA baseball tournament.
Information on how to watch the Florida vs. Miami 2015 College World Series elimination game live online from TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha can be found at the end of this article. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. local time — 8 p.m. Eastern Time and 5 p.m. Pacific.
Miami showed no ill effects of the record thumping — Florida’s 11-run fourth tied for the highest single-inning run total in College World Series history — when the ‘Canes won their first Loser’s Bracket game, eliminating Arkansas 4-3 on Monday.
The Gators seemed to have exhausted their run supply Saturday, dropping a 1-0 decision to Virginia, on Monday, setting up Wednesday’s elimination rematch with Miami.
Miami goes into the Wednesday night game feeling no ill effects from Saturday’s heavy defeat.
“We’re very confident in ourselves. In the last game against Florida, we had 11 hits. We had six or seven balls hit right at people,” said Miami outfielder Jacob Heyward. “If those fall, maybe it’s a different game. We had the one bad inning. If we play solid, swing the bat, we can win this game.”
“To me, it’s not a Miami-Florida deal,” Miami Coach Jim Morris said on Tuesday. “We’re excited to be in the World Series, and Florida is one of the teams here and a team we need to beat to keep going. This is a different day, a different game.”
Florida is placing its hopes on the right arm of freshman Alex Faedo — a 40th-round 2014 draft pick of the Detroit Tigers out of Alonso High School in Tampa. But Faedo will be pitching for the first time since May 31 — and making the first start of his college career at Florida.
Miami counters with junior Enrique Sosa, their regular No. 3 starter who surrendered both runs in the Hurricanes 2-1 defeat to Florida back on February 22.
ESPN will televise Wednesday’s Florida vs. Miami 2015 College World Series game from Omaha, which means that to watch live online, fans can go to WatchESPN at this link. ESPN’s online-only channel, ESPN3, will also carry the game in ESPN Surround format, an alternative viewing experience featuring all-different camera angles and audio from the main ESPN broadcast.
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