Alex Faedo, Florida

Alex Faedo, Florida (Tim Casey)


Faedo, Lange Send Clear Message


GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s Alex Faedo and LSU’s Alex Lange, two of the nation’s premier pitchers and prospects, showed the country they were human last weekend. Faedo had an ugly, out of sorts start on the road against Auburn, while Lange had his second shaky start of the season in an offensive showdown against Georgia.

Indeed, they’re human. But Friday night at McKethan Stadium, the pair rose to the occasion and returned to their usual dominant and flashy ways. Lange did everything he could to will the Tigers to victory, but it was Faedo and the Gators who were victorious by a razor-thin margin, 1-0.

“I thought that was really just two warriors going at it tonight,” LSU head coach Paul Mainieri said. “When Lange pitched out of that bases loaded jam (in the fifth), I thought we were destined to get it. But we couldn’t get the key hit with a runner in scoring position.”

The righties were electric from the start. For instance, Faedo induced a pair of fly outs and allowed a single in the first, but escaped the frame with a caught stealing of LSU’s Antoine Duplantis. In that frame, Faedo was consistently 91-93 and up to 94 and 95 mph with his fastball. Faedo also showed excellent feel for his slider in the first, setting the tone for the rest of his performance. Meanwhile, Lange answered the call as well to start the game. He had a 1-2-3 first inning and retired the first eight UF hitters until Nick Horvath hit a 93 mph fastball for a two-out single in the third inning. Lange, though, bounced back in the fourth with a 1-2-3 frame that included a strikeout on a wicked 82 mph power curveball.

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