Baseball: Area players in College World Series finals — June 24

The Men’s College World Series starts tonight. Florida (53-15) and LSU (52-16) square off in a best-of-three championship series that will feature plenty of local players who have made significant impacts for their team – and likely will continue to do so in this weekend’s finals. Check out the list of area players below. 

Florida

Jac Caglianone

Position: LHP/1B

Year: Sophomore

High school: Plant

The Golden Spikes Award and NCBWA Dick Howser Award finalist has been stellar – on the mound and at the plate. Caglianone (featured photo above courtesy of UAA Communications/Maddie Washburn) is 7-3 with a 3.68 ERA and has 85 strikeouts in 73 ⅓ innings. He also is hitting .325 with 31 homers and 84 RBIs. 

Nick Ficarrotta

Position: RHP

Year: Redshirt sophomore

High school: Palm Harbor University

The relief pitcher has been a steady performer the past two seasons, including 41 strikeouts in 34 ⅔ innings this year. 

Photo courtesy of UAA Communications/Maddie Washburn

Cade Kurland

Position: INF

Year: Freshman

High school: Berkeley Prep

After leading the Buccaneers to the state finals and being named the Class 3A player of the last year, Curland is continuing to pick up accolades in his debut season with the Gators. The first team all-SEC selection hit .290 with 16 homers and 48 RBIs this year. 

Ryan Slater

Position: RHP

Year: Redshirt sophomore

High school: East Lake

A key member of the pitching staff, Slater is 10-1 with a 3.68 ERA in 58 ⅔ innings this season. On Wednesday, he threw 1 ⅔ scoreless innings in a win over TCU in the College World Series semifinals. 

LSU

Tommy White

Position: 3B

Year: Sophomore

High school: Calvary Christian/IMG

After helping the Warriors win a state title in 2019, White is on the verge of winning a championship at the college level. He put the Tigers in that position by hitting a two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the 11th to beat Wake Forest in Thursday’s semifinal. White (photo below courtesy of LSU Athletics) now has a combined 50 homers in the past two seasons. 

College World Series finals

Date: Sat.-Mon. 

Location: Charles Schwab Field Omaha (Neb.)

TV channel: ESPN

Live stream: ESPN+/Fubo

Schedule

Game 1: Saturday, 7

Game 2: Sunday, 3

Game 3: Monday, 7 (if necessary)