Florida Baseball CWS Moments: Polar Bear sets history and sends Miami packing
In 2015, the Gators were ranked third in the country and came to Omaha with high hopes of finally getting over the hump and winning the title.
That didn’t quite happen as the Gators were ultimately knocked off by the eventual champ Virginia, but Florida did make history along the way.
When TD Ameritrade Park opened in 2011, it was noted as a pitchers’ ballpark, and hitting home runs was not an easy task due to the size of the park.
For the first four years that the park was open, no one had hit a home run to dead center field.
In an elimination game against Miami, the Gators did it twice in the same game.
First, Ryan Bader launched one over the center field fence, then deciding that looked like fun, Peter Alonso also launched one over.