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Gators advance to regional championship game

GAINESVILLE -- A win tonight puts the University of Florida baseball team one series away from a trip to Omaha. Standing in the way could be Miami.

The Gators (44-15) play either Oregon State or Florida Atlantica at 7 p.m. on Sunday in the championship game of the NCAA baseball tournament's Gainesville regional. UF defeated Oregon State 10-2 on Saturday night, receiving a strong pitching performance from lefty Alex Panteliodis (10-2), who had eight strikeouts over five innings. At the plate, seven of UF's 14 hits went for extra bases, including three homers and two triples.

"Once again, we had an awesome start on the mound for us," said UF coach Kevin O'Sullivan. "[Panteliodis] was solid and the offense did a heck of a job in the third inning with seven two-out runs. Our pitching was good and we only walked two batters tonight. I'm awfully proud of our guys."

A win on Sunday by the Gators coupled with a victory by the University of Miami in the Miami regional would set up a classic super regional: Gators vs. Canes in Gainesville.

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