June 15, 2008
Peisel celebrates in Omaha
Four RBI on 22nd birthday help Georgia
By Ben Trittipoe
OMAHA, Neb. – Georgia third baseman Ryan
Peisel earned a special birthday present Saturday night – a
victory by the Bulldogs in the 2008 College World Series.
On the day Peisel turned 22 years old, Georgia
came from behind three times to defeat Miami, 7-4, in Game 2 at
Peisel celebrated by going 3 for 5 at the plate
with four runs batted in – the type of night for the senior that
was hardly surprising to Bulldogs head coach David Perno.
“This was nothing new for Ryan,” Perno said.
“He’s a staple in our program, our heart and soul, and he played
like it today.”
Peisel’s RBI-single in the top of the third
inning tied the score at 1-1, and his 11th home run, a two-run
blast, in the sixth brought Georgia even at 3-3. His final hit
of the night, a run-scoring single in the ninth, capped a
four-run inning that brought the Bulldogs from behind once again
and helped lift them to victory, easing the pain of going 0-2 in
the 2006 CWS.
“Coming into this game, I talked with [fellow
senior Matt] Olson about ’06,” Peisel said. “I told him we just
had to lay it out there and not do anything special. I guess I
kind of got lucky. I don’t know if it was the birthday gods or
what, but I’ll take it.”
Peisel noted that the victory was even sweeter
since it came over Miami, the No. 1 national seed.
“This is one of the best wins I’ve been a part
of,” he said. “We battled all night, and we’ve been doing that
all year. For this team, it’s never over until the last out is
“We have to tip our hats to Miami. They were all
we expected, and maybe a little bit more. But just to get this
first win under our belt, this is huge for us.”
Happy birthday, Ryan!