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CMU baseball rallies, but eliminated from 2022 NCAA tournament


In the end, Central Michigan baseball couldn’t keep Wyatt Langford from scoring —early, late and in between.

The Florida sophomore homered twice and scored the winning run in the top of the ninth after walking, his fourth time on base, as the 13th-seeded Gators eliminated the Chips from the NCAA tournament in the Gainesville regional with a 6-5 win Sunday afternoon.

Florida took the lead for good in the top of the ninth, as Langford opened the inning with a seven-pitch walk and advanced to second on a walk to Sterlin Thompson. A sac bunt advanced both runners into scoring position and Langford scored on a sac fly by Ty Evans, who had struck out in three prior at-bats.

CMU attempted to rally in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases with two outs on two singles and a walk. But Aidan Shepardson fouled out to third to end CMU’s hopes of knocking off the host Gators.

Florida's Wyatt Langford, back left, runs on a home run against Central Michigan in the top of the third inning during an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game Sunday, June 5, 2022, in Gainesville, Fla.

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“Well, if you’re a fan, what a good college baseball game,” Central Michigan coach Jordan Bischel said. “Really proud of our guys and I’m sure Coach (Kevin) O’Sullivan is also proud of his. Shame someone’s got to go home, but we tip the cap to Florida, they did a great job, and we certainly, we’ll wish them the best of luck the rest of the way.”





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