June 22, 2008
Poythress and Peisel combine to lead
Georgia to Championship Series
By Phil Stanton
OMAHA, Neb. – Power and production.
Rich Poythress and Ryan Peisel combined for seven
hits, five runs and seven RBI as No. 8 Georgia outscored
Stanford 10-8 Saturday to win Bracket One and advance to the
Championship Series of the 2008 College World Series in front of
15,828 fans at Rosenblatt Stadium.
The Bulldogs (44-23-1) await the winner of
Bracket Two. No. 2 North Carolina would have to beat Fresno
State twice to reach the Championship Series. The Cardinal ends
its season with a 41-24-2 mark.
Poythress went 4 for 5 with three doubles (tying
a CWS record), two runs and four RBI. He doubled and scored in
the second, had an RBI double in a three-run third, added a
two-run single in the fourth and capped the scoring with an RBI
double in the eighth.
Peisel was 3 for 5 with three runs and three RBI.
He singled and scored in the third and fourth, and belted a
three-run homer in the fifth, his 12th, to give the Bulldogs a
Joey Lewis came up big as well for Georgia, with
two hits and three RBI. His two-out RBI single in the second put
the Bulldogs on the scoreboard. His two-run single capped a
three-run third as Georgia took an early 4-0 lead.
“For us, today was just about getting our offense
going,” said Georgia head coach David Perno, “getting some
clutch hits early, two-out RBI. Lewis was huge early in the
game. [Dean] Weaver and [Alex] McRee were tremendous. Our
bullpen was phenomenal through those middle innings.”
Weaver (6-1) slowed three runs in 3.2 innings
with six hits, no walks and one strikeout. McRee pitched two
scoreless innings with no hits, two walks and three strikeouts.
The Cardinal got on the board in the third as
Jake Schlander drew a leadoff walk and scored on a sacrifice fly
by Brent Milleville to make it a 4-1 game.
Stanford put up two in the fourth as Jake
Schlander had a two-out single and scored on a triple by Cord
Phelps, who came in on a wild pitch, to make it 6-3.
Joey August’s RBI single for Stanford in the
fifth made it a 9-4 contest. Ben Clowe’s pinch-hit, three-run
homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth capped a four-run
rally against Georgia closer Joshua Fields as the Cardinal
pulled to within two at 10-8. But a flyout to center ended the
contest and the season for Stanford.
“I’d like to congratulate Georgia,” said Stanford
head coach Mark Marquess. “They were a great team and too much
for us today. We just could not stop them. They got the big hit
time and time again. Credit them. We played them twice and
couldn’t beat them. They’re just a better team than we are.”
Phelps had two hits, one run and one RBI for
Stanford. Schlander scored twice for the Cardinal.