CWS: Dawgs beat #1 Miami thanks to wild 9th

Georgia used a huge ninth inning full of Miami mistakes to win their first game of the College World Series.

"Miami's the best team we've played all year," Georgia head coach David Perno said. "Up and down the line up, they have tremendous hitters, a tremendous starter and they have a great bullpen. We had to coach every pitch. (Joshua) Fields fought like there was no tomorrow. We played every pitch hard. We played close to our identity and just kept battling, hanging in there and hoping the big inning would get there when we needed it to."  

Miami (52-10) scored four runs on three home runs to carry the one run lead into the final frame, where they turned to closer Carlos Gutierrez. Junior catcher Bryce Massanari started the top of the ninth off with a single up the middle to extend his hitting streak to 17 games, and a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Matt Cerione advanced pinch runner Adam Fuller up to second. Then, redshirt freshman Robbie O'Bryan struck out, but a wild pitch allowed him to reach and Fuller to take third. Freshman Lyle Allen followed and delivered the game-tying hit, a single to left. In the next at-bat, redshirt sophomore David Thoms hit a ground ball back to Gutierrez, who committed a throwing error allowing the two go-ahead runs to score and Thoms to advance around to third. Senior Ryan Peisel added the final run of the game on a single to left.  

It marked just the second time this season in which the Bulldogs have come back to win after trailing entering the ninth. On May 10, Georgia trailed 2-0 going into its final at-bat at Vanderbilt and scored two runs to tie it and force extra innings, where the Bulldogs added two more to win 4-2.  

Peisel, celebrating his 22nd birthday, finished the game 3-for-5 with four runs batted in including the first three runs of the game for the Bulldogs.  

"That's one of the best wins that I've ever been a part of and to do it on this stage like we did, competing for all nine innings, was a lot of fun. We just battled all night. It was sweet redemption for a lot of us guys who went two and Q (out) in 2006."         

                                                                                          The All-America senior Joshua Fields worked the final 1.1 innings without allowing a hit and striking out one to earn the win and improve to 3-2 on the year. Gutierrez, who blew a save opportunity for just the third time this season, took the loss to fall to 5-4.  

Neither starting pitcher factored into the decision. Georgia's Trevor Holder went four innings allowing three runs with five strikeouts, while Miami's Chris Hernandez tossed 6.1 innings also allowing three runs and striking out five.  

Both teams also received strong middle relief performances. Georgia sophomore Alex McRee worked 2.2 innings in relief of Holder allowing one run and striking out three, and fellow sophomore Dean Weaver also worked an inning of relief allowing just one hit before turning the game over to Fields. Miami's Kyle Bellamy allowed just one hit in 1.2 innings of relief for the Hurricanes and was in line to get the win before the ninth inning.  

The game reached the 4-3 score in the ninth after two earlier ties. Miami took a 1-0 lead in the first on a home run right center from Jemile Weeks, but Georgia even it a 1-1 in the third when sophomore Joey Lewis led the inning off with a double to left center, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Allen and scored on a single up the middle from Peisel. However, in the bottom of the third, Miami regained the lead at 3-1 on a two-run home run to right from Blake Tekotte. In the sixth, the Bulldogs tied the game a second time at 3-3 on a two-run home run to left from Peisel. Junior Miles Starr led off the inning with a bunt single on a 2-2 pitch. Peisel's home run was his 11th of the season. The Hurricanes then took the 4-3 lead on two-out, solo home run to left center from Yonder Alonso in the seventh.  

Georgia, who opened the regular season with a 9-7 victory over No. 1 Arizona, advances in the winner's bracket at the College World Series after defeating No. 1 Miami. The Bulldogs will face the Stanford Cardinal (40-22-2) Monday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Stanford defeated Florida State (54-13) in game one of the CWS, 16-5. Miami falls to the loser's bracket and will face Florida State in an elimination game Monday at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2.


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