College World Series Notebook: June 24th

OMAHA, NE – Parker Morgan's news and notes from the College World Series.

OFFENSIVE OUTBURST: On a normal night, one would think that Georgia's 10 runs and 15 hits would be enough for a potentially comfortable victory. But not on this night.

That was because Fresno State had 19 runs and 19 hits, as well as two home runs.

Referencing his opponent's extremely high offensive production, Georgia head coach David Perno joked, "We had a tough time defending the post pattern across the middle. Killed us."

HOT START FOR GEORGIA At the game's outset it seemed Georgia was ready to beat Fresno into submission early, as they jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead after its third at-bat.

"We got everything we wanted out of the gate. Great start," Perno said.

But going into the bottom of the 3rd, Fresno State's players said that their ability to maintain calm was the key to their comeback and eventual rout.

"The biggest thing was there was no sense of panic. It was just keep taking good at-bats. Get runners on base. And make something happen," said Fresno left fielder Steve Susdorf.

MASS EXODUS:Going into the top of the 7th, and down nine runs, Perno decided to give some other players an opportunity at the plate.

Robbie O'Bryan, Adam Fuller, and Jake Crane all got at-bats in that inning, with O'Bryan batting second after Matt Cerione was hit by a pitch. O'Bryan singled, as did Fuller who got an RBI as well. Crane grounded out to short to end the rally.

Perno said that much of the switching had to do with the score, but in the case of Crane for Massanari had to do with him being displeased with his starter's performance.

"(Massnari) is just not bringing the energy he was bringing behind the plate," Perno said. "I expect more from him defensively. I just wasn't getting it and know we can get it from Jake, and just felt it was time to make the move."

RECORDS MADE TO BE BROKEN: A variety of records could be broken in tomorrow's final game of the 2008 CWS. Rich Poythress is two hits away from 100, which would make him the third player on Georgia's team, after Gordon Beckham and Ryan Peisel, to accomplish that feat. Beckham, with 111 hits this season, now only needs one more to set a Georgia record. He is currently tied with Joey Side. And if Beckham were to hit two home runs tomorrow, he would have the NCAA season lead.

Regardless, one record, perhaps an paradoxically unenviable one, will be broken. The 2008 national champion will have more losses than any other baseball champion in NCAA history. Along with this record is the guarantee that neither team will care.

Tonight's attendance was 17,223, bringing the total attendance to 302,722 ...Georgia will be the home team tomorrow...Rich Poythress had two sacrifice flies, which tied a single game record in the CWS.


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