June 25, 2008
Survivors to Meet One More Time
Fresno State and Georgia are each 5-0 in
By Phil Stanton
OMAHA, Neb. – Elimination game.
Most teams hate those two words. There have
already been 62 teams eliminated from the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
Fresno State and Georgia have survived.
“I think Fresno State is undefeated, too,” said
Georgia shortstop Gordon Beckham. “It’s a battle of the
unbeatens in elimination games. Should be a great game. We’re
5-0 and they’re 5-0. It’s going to be a dogfight. It’ll be a lot
Fresno State has played all its elimination games
away from home. The Bulldogs defeated nationally-ranked San
Diego to win the Long Beach Regional. Fresno State had to win
two at No. 3 Arizona State to capture the Tempe Super Regional.
The Bulldogs topped No. 2 North Carolina on Sunday to advance to
the Championship Series. And Fresno State outscored No. 8
Georgia 19-10 Tuesday evening to force a Game 3 in the
“This club has a lot of heart,” said Fresno State
head coach Mike Batesole. “This team has just been going and
going and going. And they’re going to go for nine more innings.”
All of Georgia’s wins in elimination games came
at home. After dropping the opener of the Athens Regional to
Lipscomb, the Bulldogs rallied to defeat Louisville, Lipscomb
and Georgia Tech twice to win the regional crown. Georgia won
the first game of the Athens Super Regional with NC State,
dropped the second and won the third to earn a trip to Omaha.
Tuesday was Georgia’s first loss in the College World Series.
Only one team will stay undefeated in elimination
games. That team will be the new national champ.