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Gators Ignore Expectations, Earn Spot in CWS

Tucker played his last game at McKethan Stadium

It was supposed to be easy. After the Gators returned so much talent and experience for this season, they were an easy preseason No. 1 and expected to breeze through to Omaha. Expectations can take a toll on any team or coaching staff. It did that to the Gators, but Florida head coach Kevin O'Sullivan and his squad pushed through. On Sunday, the Gators clinched their third straight trip to Omaha.

"It was hard for our team to deal with," said a noticeably relieved O'Sullivan after the 9-8 extra innings win. "It was like the big elephant in the room that nobody wanted to talk about. It was kind of just there." The expectations weren't a factor during the beginning of the year. Florida cruised to a 23-2 record by March 27 and looked like the juggernaut most people labeled the team as in the... Recommended Stories

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