Florida Atlantic forced a seventh and deciding regional game at the Gainesville Regional with a 7-4 win over Florida on Monday at McKethan Stadium.
First pitch for the game is scheduled for 9:45 p.m. The final game will be televised on ESPNU.
Freshman righty Jack Leftwich (4-5, 4.50 ERA) will start for the Gators against FAU lefty Nick Swan (2-0, 5.25 ERA) in the deciding game.
The Gators (44-18) were done in by a combination of poor pitching and defense. Florida committed three errors behind starter Jackson Kowar and reliever Andrew Baker.
Kowar (9-5) took the loss, allowing seven runs (four earned) and 11 hits in six innings with four walks and five strikeouts. Kowar has allowed four or more runs in each of his last three starts.
FAU (43-18) jumped ahead 5-0 with five runs in the third inning, a frame that was prolonged when right fielder Wil Dalton stumbled and dropped a ball in right field to load the bases. Right fielder David Miranda and third baseman Joe Montes each had two-RBI singles.
Florida cut the lead to 5-2 in the top of the fourth with a Blake Reese two-run homer, but FAU answered with two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Shortstop Deacon Liput booted a potential double play ball during the inning, and FAU scored two runs on a Montes sacrifice fly and Jared DeSantolo RBI single.
Nelson Maldonado had an RBI single in the fifth and Liput a solo home run in the ninth, but the Gators were unable to generate more runs, going 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position while leaving eight on base.
Zach Schneider (7-1) got the win for FAU, allowing three runs on six hits over five innings. The righty side-armer, the Owls’ closer, walked one and struck out five, fooling Florida hitters with an assortment of off-speed pitches.
The game, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., did not start until 5:45 p.m. due to a four hour, 45-minute weather delay.
During the game, Florida had a pair of players selected in the Major League Baseball amateur draft. Third baseman Jonathan India went fifth overall to the Cincinnati Reds, while right-handed pitcher Brady Singer went 18th overall to the Kansas City Royals. Kowar was taken during the second game, going 33rd overall (first round supplemental) to the Royals.