While the Colorado Rockies work on signing their 2011 MLB Draft selections, chief among them being 20th overall pick Tyler Anderson and 45th overall pick Trevor Story, their 16th round pick, Preston Tucker, is taking his Florida Gators to the 2011 College World Series in Omaha, NE. On Sunday afternoon, Tucker delivered his biggest hit of the postseason (so far) to capture a spot in college baseball's biggest stage.
Having split the first two games of their super regional with the Mississippi St. Bulldogs, the Gators entered Sunday's deciding Game 3 hungry for a win. The Bulldogs took a 6-4 lead in the top of the seventh on two singles that scored three runs, but Preston Tucker answered back in the bottom of the frame. Two Florida batters walked to start the inning and then each advanced a base on a ground out. Tucker unleashed a home run to center field for the 7-6 lead. That was the Gators' fourth of five home runs in the game.
Through 67 games, Tucker is hitting .314/.390/.553 with 21 doubles, 14 home runs and 68 RBI. He might be a tough sign, part of the reason why he fell to the 16th round, but the Rockies won't be able to talk with the Rockies until Florida either wins the College World Series or is eliminated earlier.