June 23, 2008
2008 College World Series
Day Nine Notes
Fresno State senior right-hander Clayton Allison
pitched for the first time since June 8, when he allowed eight
hits and five runs in four innings at Arizona State in the
second game of the Tempe Regional. He had not pitched since due
to tendonitis in his right shoulder. Against UNC on Sunday, he
worked six innings with six hits, one run, three walks and six
In a game of outstanding defense plays, Fresno
State had two in the top of the eighth. Kyle Seager hit a ball
that looked to be ticketed to right. But second baseman Erik
Wetzel ranged out into shallow right and threw a strike to
pitcher Brandon Burke covering at first for the first out. After
a single by Tim Federowicz, Kyle Shelton hit a grounder that
shortstop Danny Muno backhanded deep in the hole and made a
quick throw to second to force out Federowicz. Third baseman
Tommy Mendonca had several super plays in the field as well and
started a double play in the ninth to end the contest.
Fresno State is 11-0 when holding opponents to
one run or less.
The Bulldogs are 4-0 in NCAA Tournament
elimination games, defeating San Diego in the Long Beach
Regional, beating Arizona State twice in the Tempe Super
Regional and topping North Carolina in the CWS.
This was just the third time that the Tar Heels
were held to one run or less this season.
Dustin Ackley (.417) and Tim Fedroff (.404)
became the first UNC teammates to hit over .400 in the same
season. Fedroff extended his hit streak to a career-best 16.
Another College World Series record was set on
Sunday. There have been 22 wild pitches in the 13 games, a
highest total ever.
The ACC continued its 53-year drought without a
baseball title. The only ACC team to win the national
championship was Wake Forest in 1955.
This will be the first time in CWS history that
the teams facing each other for the title share the same
Fresno State is the first No. 4 regional seed to
play for the national championship. The Bulldogs are the first
team to play for the crown with 30 losses. The most losses by a
national champion is 23 by Stanford in 1998. Georgia currently
has 23 losses.
Georgia is the first team to reach the title
round after having a losing record the previous season.