June 24, 2008
2008 College World Series
Day 10 Notes
This was the first meeting between Georgia and
Georgia and Fresno State did not have any common
opponents in 2008.
Fresno State is 4-0 this season in elimination
games, winning one over San Diego in the Long Beach Regional,
two at No. 3 Arizona State in the Tempe Super Regional and one
over No. 2 North Carolina in the College World Series.
This was the ninth come-from-behind win in 14
games at the CWS and Georgia has had three (Miami, Stanford,
The game time was 2:55, the shortest game in this
year’s CWS. It was just the second game completed in under three
Georgia is looking for its second national title
in baseball. The Bulldogs have won a total of 34 NCAA titles,
including men’s tennis and women’s gymnastics this year.
The SEC has had two teams win six baseball
titles. Georgia won the first in 1990. LSU claimed five crowns
in 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 2000.
Fresno State has never won a baseball national
championship. The Bulldogs are playing for the school’s second
NCAA Division I title. The women’s softball team won the 1998
The WAC has won six baseball championships. Rice
won the most recent in 2003. Other winners include Arizona in
1976 and Arizona State in 1965, 1967, 1969 and 1977.
There were numerous outstanding defensive plays.
Fresno State third baseman Tommy Mendonca had a nice pickup and
throw in the second, and a diving catch to his right to rob
David Thoms to start the third. Georgia left fielder Lyle Allen
had a leaping catch against the wall on a drive by Steve Susdorf
in the fourth. In the bottom of the frame, Susdorf made a
sliding catch off the bat of Matt Olson to end the inning.
Georgia shortstop Gordon Beckham turned an unassisted double
play in the top of the eighth, snagging a line drive and tagging
out the runner at second.
In the bottom of the fifth, Georgia’s Matt Olson
swung and missed a pitch and hit bat went flying toward the
Fresno State dugout on the first base side, hitting the rail in
front of the dugout. On the next two pitches, the Fresno State
players playfully ducked behind the screen as Olson finished his
Georgia struck out just once, matching its season
low. The Bulldogs fanned once in an 18-3 win over Alabama A&M on
Beckham has a school-record 27 home runs and is
one away from national-leader Matt Clark of LSU.
Joshua Fields has 18 saves, tying for the
Division I lead with Tyler Conn of Southern Miss.
Tommy Mendonca of Fresno State became the first
player to reach three home runs in the CWS. He has 18 for the