DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS: The stat sheet won't significantly convey the impact of two particular plays Georgia made in the field today. The first occurred in the 3rd inning when second baseman Miles Starr dove to his right to keep a would be RBI single in the infield. Instead the bases were merely loaded and the situation was avoided when Dean Weaver got the next batter to fly out.
The second was when left fielder Lyle Allen made a tremendous catch in left field on a deep fly ball. Had it landed, two runs likely would have scored. Instead the catch was made and reliever Alex McRee got the next batter to fly out as well.
"Lyle's catch was probably one of the best catches at the right time and we needed that. Miles keeping that ball in front in that third inning was huge for us," Georgia head coach David Perno said.
That's three runs saved with strong defense. Especially important when the final margin of victory is just two.
JOEY LEWIS CAN'T LOSE: Georgia designated hitter Joey Lewis may not have done anything noteworthy in his last three at-bats today, but his first two were more than enough for the Dawgs.
Lewis got Georgia on the board with a two-out RBI single to left in the 2nd inning, and then brought home two more with another two-out single in the 3rd.
"Lewis was huge early in the game," Perno said, latter adding, "I thought the key was Joey Lewis early breaking us through. I thought he was huge today because we hadn't gotten a lot out of him."
ONE YEAR LATER: As enjoyable as making it to the national championship series may be, the fact that Georgia is just a year removed from a losing season makes it even sweeter for those now enjoying such great success.
"I can't tell you how many leads we blew last year in the 9th inning," said third baseman Ryan Peisel. "It seems like we're playing to win this year. Last year when we got up it was like alright... what's going to go wrong today."
TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING: Usually a baseball team savors all the rest it can get. But not having played since Monday the 16th, Georgia was ready to get out on the field.
"It was tough. I think we got really restless. The other day at practice everybody was just mad. You could tell we were just getting kind of itchy. I don't think we've had that much time off all year," shortstop Gordon Beckham said.
Beckham also said that when the rain delays pushed back their game til today they were "just really, really upset."
Unfortunately for Stanford, it seems that Georgia's method of dealing with disappointment is highly effective and destructive to opponents.
THIS AND THAT:
Today's attendance was 15,828, the smallest crowd since Georgia's game against Arizona 8-7 on June 18, 2004... The total attendance so far in Omaha is 232,204... Rich Poythress tied a CWS record by hitting three doubles today... Georgia will start Trevor Holder on Monday against either Fresno State or North Carolina at 7 pm EST...