Tyler Dyson, Florida (Florida photo)


Florida’s Pitching Proves Elite Again


CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Tyler Dyson delivered 87 pitches from the mound to home plate on Sunday, and two of them missed by a couple of inches.

And for this, he apologized.

The top-ranked Florida Gators lost for the first time this season on Sunday, falling 2-0 to the host Miami Hurricanes, and Dyson (1-1, 1.50) took the unfortunate hit on his pitching ledger.

Dyson allowed just four hits, no walks and one run in six innings. He struck out eight but got beat in the fifth when he allowed consecutive two-out doubles to left by nine-hole hitter Willy Escala and leadoff man Michael Burns.

“They found a hole,” Dyson said. “They didn’t necessarily hit it hard, but they were placed perfectly. … I could’ve missed a couple of inches lower.”

Despite the loss, what the Gators (7-1) showed this past weekend in their first road trip of the season is that they have the pitching to successfully defend their College World Series title.

The Gators started three righthanders who are projected first-round picks in the draft, juniors Brady Singer and Jackson Kowar this June and sophomore Dyson in 2019. Singer (2-0, 2.25) and Kowar (2-0, 2.77) earned wins, and Dyson outpitched them both.

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