June 1, 2008
Georgia survives, eliminates
By Phil Stanton
ATHENS, Ga. – Don’t back a Bulldog into a
Georgia raised its record to 12-0 in NCAA
elimination games at Foley Field with a 9-8 victory over
Louisville Saturday afternoon.
The Bulldogs (36-22-1) will face Lipscomb on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Cardinals, a
College World Series participant a season ago, finished the year
with a 41-21 mark.
All-American Gordon Beckham ignited a seven-run
seventh with a three-run homer that tied the game at 5-5. It was
his 24th dinger, setting a single-season school
"I thought we did a great job hanging in there,"
said Georgia head coach Dave Perno. "Until the ninth inning, we
kept them out of a big inning. Gordon’s home run got us over the
hump. We had runners out there all day, but we just needed to
break through. We’ve been a big-inning team and we got ours and
it was enough."
Dean Weaver (5-1) shut down the powerful Cardinal
offense, pitching four innings in relief with two hits, one run,
one walk and one strikeout.
The Bulldogs got on the board in the top of the
first as Ryan Peisel, Matt Olson and Beckham had consecutive
singles to load the bases before Rich Poythress’ sacrifice fly
plated Peisel with the game’s first run.
The Cardinals answered in the second. Singles by
Stewart Ijames, Jeff Arnold and Andrew Clark loaded the bases
with no outs. Phil Wunderlich hit into a double play to bring
home Ijames with the tying run.
Louisville took the lead with a pair in the third
as Josh Richmond had an RBI single and scored on a double by
Ijames to make it 3-1.
Georgia made it a one-run game in the fourth as
Bryce Massaneri drew a leadoff walk, moved to third on a single
by Matt Cerione and scored on a groundout to narrow the margin
UL pushed the lead back to two in the bottom of
the frame as Wunderlich reached on an error and eventually
scored on a base hit by Dao to raise the score to 4-2.
Wunderlich hit the first pitch of the sixth off
the video board in right, his first, to give the Cards a 5-2
Georgia rallied for seven in the seventh. Peisel
and Olson started the inning with base hits to chase reliever
Zach Pitts. B.J. Rosenberg came in and surrendered the three-run
bomb to Beckham. Poythress had an excuse-me double to left
center and scored the go-ahead run when Matt Cerione had an
infield hit and Rosenburg threw the ball past first.
Pinch-hitter Robbie O’Bryan, Lyle Allen and Peisel had
run-scoring singles to give the Bulldogs a 9-5 advantage.
The Cardinals did not go quietly into the night.
In the ninth, against All-America closer Joshua Fields, Ijames
had a two-run homer and Derrick Alfonso followed with a solo
shot to pull UL to within one. But Fields got a groundout to end
the contest and extend the season for the Bulldogs.