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Tigers draft pick Alex Faedo dominates TCU to send Florida to College World Series

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers’ farm system on Saturday, June 25, 2017.

Columbus Clippers 3, Toledo Mud Hens 2 (box)

Bryan Holaday’s solo home run in the top of the 13th gave Toledo a 2-1 lead, but Edward Mujica blew the save opportunity in the bottom of the inning. Joe Jimenez then came on in the 14th, but gave up a home run to shortstop Eric Stamets. The late-inning loss wasted an excellent start from Buck Farmer, who struck out seven in seven strong innings. Holaday was the only Toledo player with more than one hit.

Holaday: 2-5, 2B, HR, R, RBI, SO
Navarro: 1-6, RBI, SO
Farmer: 7.0 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 7 SO

Coming up next: Matt Crouse (1-2, 5.64 ERA) will take the mound for Toledo as they try to win the rubber match of their road series against Columbus.

Erie SeaWolves 7, Bowie Baysox 3 (box)

Christin Stewart had two hits and an RBI to help the SeaWolves win the first game of a rain-shortened series against Bowie. Stewart was joined by Mike Gerber, who also had two hits, and Zack Cox, who drove in a pair of runs. Grayson Greiner’s triple was Erie’s lone extra base hit on the day, but they managed 11 hits and seven walks against Bowie pitching. Beau Burrows went 5 13 innings but allowed three runs on nine hits, including a pair of homers.

Stewart: 2-4, R, RBI
Gerber: 2-4, 2 R, BB, SO, SB
Cox: 2-3, R, 2 RBI
Burrows: 5.1 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, BB, 5 SO

Coming up next: The SeaWolves and Baysox will play a doubleheader on Sunday at UPMC Park starting at 1:35 p.m. ET.

West Michigan Whitecaps 16, Lansing Lugnuts 1 (box)

Mercy. West Michigan scored five runs in the first inning and kept pouring it on after in a massive win over Lansing. Anthony Pereira led the way with four hits and four runs scored, while Josh Lester and David Gonzalez had three hits apiece. Catcher Austin Athmann added a double and three RBI. Cole Bauml was the only Whitecaps batter who did not get a hit, but he walked twice and drove in a run. Gregory Soto did his part to earn the win, striking out seven in six innings.

Pereira: 4-5, 2 2B, 4 R, RBI, BB
Lester: 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB
Gonzalez: 3-3, 3B, 4 R, 2 RBI, BB
Soto (W): 6.0 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 7 SO

Coming up next: Spenser Watkins (4-1, 1.80 ERA) will go for his fifth win of the season as the Whitecaps try to finish off a four-game sweep of the Lugnuts.

Connecticut Tigers 9, Lowell Spinners 2 (box)

Ryan Castellanos tossed five shutout innings, allowing just two hits to earn his first win of the season. The Connecticut offense was helped out by five Lowell errors, but they did their part with 10 hits and four walks. First baseman Randel Alcantara hit a home run, his second of the season. Hunter Swilling helped out with two RBI, and second round pick Reynaldo Rivera drove in a run. Catcher Joey Morgan, the Tigers’ third round pick in 2017, also got in on the action with two hits and an RBI.

Swilling: 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, SO
Morgan: 2-4, RBI, SO
Peterson: 2-4, R, SO
Castellanos (W): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, SO

Coming up next: The Tigers will continue their series against Lowell on Sunday at 5:35 p.m. ET.

BONUS: Florida Gators 3, TCU Horned Frogs 0 (box)

First round pick Alex Faedo dominated TCU for the second time in as many starts to send the Gators to the College World Series. Faedo struck out 11 while allowing just three hits in 7 13 innings. He set the Florida single-season strikeout record in the win, and became one of two pitchers with at least 150 strikeouts on the year. Designated hitter Christian Hicks led the way for the Florida offense with a pair of hits and an RBI.

Hicks: 2-3, 2B, 3B, R, RBI
Faedo (W): 7.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 11 SO

Coming up next: Florida will face LSU in the College World Series starting on Monday. Games will be televised on ESPN.

The Lakeland Flying Tigers and Bradenton Marauders were halted due to rain on Saturday night. Bradenton was leading 3-2 in the top of the eighth inning at the time. The game will be resumed on Sunday starting at 12:00 p.m. ET. Shortly after, Sandy Baez (2-6, 4.93 ERA) will start for Lakeland in their regularly scheduled game against Bradenton.