[ad_1]

OMAHA, Neb. — Once again Monday night, Florida fans let out a sigh of relief.

Nail-biters have become commonplace this season for the Gators, who picked up their 20th one-run victory of the season Monday in Game 1 of the College World Series finals against LSU.

2017 Interactive bracket Live Blog

No other program across the nation has had more than 14 such victories this year. Yes, there’s been a lot of close calls for Florida, but there’s been little to worry about when Michael Byrne strolls out of the bullpen to provide the finishing touches.

Byrne followed starter Brady Singer’s superb 7+ innings of work with the final six outs to close out a 4-3 victory against the Tigers. He allowed just one hit, which allowed an inherited runner to score in the seventh, but that was all en route to save No. 19 on the season — a nation-high mark.

That finished off Florida’s first-ever CWS finals win and trims the Gators’ magic number for its elusive first-ever national title to one.

“Michael Byrne did what Michael Byrne always does. [He] throws strikes, change speeds… Once again, we do just enough to stay ahead,” Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan said postgame Monday.

Byrne has been nearly spotless this postseason, throwing 20.2 innings in the NCAA tournament, allowing just three runs. He’s averaged more than two innings per outing during this stretch and is 3-for-3 in save opportunities in CWS play.

RELATED: Game 1 highlights