Florida had been involved in more close games than any other team in the College World Series this year.

That changed in a big way Sunday, when the Gators unleashed an offensive barrage of historic proportions.

Florida scored the most runs in a CWS game and fell one shy of the record for the largest margin of victory in a 24-4 victory over LSU that forced a deciding Game 3 of the finals.

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Florida outfielder Ty Evans (2) is greeted at home plate by Ben Nippolt (5) after his solo home run during the second inning of Game 2 of the NCAA College World Series baseball finals against LSU in Omaha, Nebraska, on Sunday, June 25. , 2023. (AP Photo/John Peterson)

The Gators (54-16) hit six home runs on a windy day at Charles Schwab Field and hammered LSU (53-17) pitching for a CWS-record 23 hits a day after Ty Floyd struck out 17 in the 4- of the Tigers. 3, 11-inning win in Game 1.

«We did exactly what we said we were going to do: clean up last night and come in ready to play today,» outfielder Wyatt Langford said. «Today our balls were falling. And that’s how it was.»

The teams play the final game of the College World Series on Monday night, with the winner winning the national championship.

«Obviously we can’t take any of these runs until tomorrow,» Gators coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. «We’ll have to reset, reset. But terribly proud of the way they responded to their heavy defeat last night.»

LSU coach Jay Johnson said he and his players need to quickly forget what happened Sunday.

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Ty Evans hits a grand slam

Florida’s Ty Evans (2) hits a grand slam home run during the third inning of Game 2 of the NCAA College World Series baseball finals against LSU in Omaha, Nebraska on Sunday, June 25, 2023. (AP Photo/John Peterson)

«So we’re going to stick with how we prepare and we’re going to throw it out tomorrow and give it everything we’ve got,» Johnson said. «A national championship game. I think Coach O’Sullivan probably feels great about his team, as he should about the players he has.

«I feel very good with my team, with the players we have.»

Two-way star Jac Caglianone will pitch for the Gators. Johnson did not announce a starter or comment on the availability of ace Paul Skenes, who has pitched 15 2/3 innings in two CWS starts and would have three days off if he were to pitch.

Florida entered Sunday having played in four of the CWS record-tying eight one-run games. The Gators had totaled 17 runs in those games before the offense broke out.

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BT Riopelle waves in celebration

Florida’s BT Riopelle (15) reacts after hitting a home run during the ninth inning of Game 2 of the NCAA College World Series baseball finals against LSU in Omaha, Nebraska, Sunday, June 25, 2023. (AP Photo/John Peterson)

Ty Evans and Caglianone each hit two home runs, and Evans’ grand slam opened things up early. Langford and BT Riopelle also dug deeper.

Florida’s 24 runs broke Notre Dame’s CWS record, set in a 23-2 win over Northern Colorado in 1957. The 20-run win over the Tigers ranks second after that game by the largest margin .

The Gators hadn’t scored that many runs since a 28-5 win over Winthrop on March 3, 2019.

LSU hadn’t allowed that many in any of its 245 NCAA Tournament games or in any game since a 28-2 loss to Alabama in 1997. The Tigers committed a season-high five errors that led to six unearned runs. .

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Ty Evans runs home

Floridas Ty Evans (2) scores during the eighth inning of Game 2 of the NCAA College World Series baseball finals against LSU in Omaha, Nebraska on Sunday, June 25, 2023. (AP Photo/John Peterson)

Asked if there was a point where he felt the game was fading, LSU star Dylan Crews said: «Not really. I guess you could tell when it got to about 20 runs. But we felt like we were in it all the time.» honestly. We’ve made some pretty remarkable comebacks in our career.»

Langford went 5 for 5 with six RBIs with two doubles and his home run.

Evans’ throw down the left-field line off Nate Ackenhausen (3-1) tied it for 1 in the second. His grand slam off Gavin Guidry in the third was a high fly ball that appeared to be upside down, but the 20 mph wind blowing from left to right blew him inside the left-field foul pole.

The Tigers should have been out of third before Evans got to bat, but shortstop Jordan Thompson’s fielding error cost them a chance at a double play and they went on with what became a six-run inning.

Langford connected in the fifth and Caglianone followed with his nation-leading 32nd and 33rd home runs.

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Ty Evans celebrates with the third base coach

Florida outfielder Ty Evans (2) is greeted after his solo home run during the second inning of Game 2 of the NCAA College World Series baseball finals against LSU in Omaha, Nebraska, Sunday, June 25, 2023. . (AP Photo/John Peterson)

Florida starter Hurston Waldrep, who had allowed two earned runs in 21 innings in the NCAA Tournament, managed just 2 1/3. He walked six, hit two batters and allowed four hits in his shortest appearance of the season, not counting a start against Vanderbilt when he didn’t return after one inning due to a rain delay.

LSU did almost nothing against Florida relievers Blake Purnell (2-0) and Nick Ficarrotta. They combined to pitch 6 1/3 innings of three-hit relief.

«They don’t need a rah-rah speech tomorrow,» O’Sullivan said. «We’re playing a very good team from LSU and the winner will have a chance to be a national champion. Enjoy it tonight and wake up tomorrow and stay on our grind.»