College World Series Notebook: June 25th

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

GREAT CAREER COMES TO A CLOSE: Gordon Beckham played his last college baseball game last night, but his name will be a part of the Georgia record book for many years to come.

Beckham went 2-for-4, with a solo home run in the 8th inning to account for Georgia's only run of the game. He finished the season with 113 hits, a new Georgia record, and 28 home runs, which ties him with Matt Clark of LSU for first in the NCAA. He also finished the season with a .411 batting average, the first time a Georgia player has finished the season above .400 since 1982.

Besides Beckham, Georgia loses many other talented players, either to the draft or graduation, from this year's squad.

"I'm going to miss those seniors, and I'm going to miss those juniors that were drafted. It was a heck of a group. I'm just very proud of them. It's definitely a tough day for us right now," Georgia head coach David Perno said.

SEASON NOT OVERSHADOWED: Earlier in the week Perno said that no one would remember the loser of this series, but that doesn't mean Georgia fans can't remember the remarkable season the Dawgs experienced.

Said third baseman Ryan Peisel: "This one game isn't going to define our season as a failure at all. These guys, we showed up day one in August. It's been a pleasure. It's been an honor to work with the coaches, staff, players. I couldn't of asked for a better senior year. It's not going to change anything that this team has done. I can't say enough good things about the coaches, about the players, it's going to be a tough time leaving this team for sure -so many friends and memories. It's one of those things you hate to see it end."

LET PARITY RING: As has been repeated ad nauseam, Fresno State is the lowest seed to ever advance to Omaha, let alone win it. But is the fact that such parity exists in college baseball a good thing?

"Obviously I think it's good – the parity in college baseball. It gives teams hope. That they can get here. They can live the dream. They did it without their ace. That's even a stronger message. I wish it wouldn't have happened to us, but I think it's good for college baseball," Perno said.

LIKE LOOKING INTO A MIRROR: The obvious similarity in mascots aside, Georgia and Fresno State shared many attributes that made their matchup in the national title series even more interesting. Both were far from favored in their bracket, both had a tremendous ability to survive elimination, and both had a knack for timely hitting and late game heroics.

These similarities were not unnoticed by Peisel.

"It seemed like they were exactly like us. That's what scared me coming in here. The other thing that scared me was that they swung Eastons. I honestly didn't think they were going to be able to come in and piece together a pitching staff but I tip my hat to those guys. They're a good team. They came ready to play. They got it done tonight," he said.

NEWS AND NOTES An attendance tonight of 18,932 brought the total attendance for the College World Series to 330,099 – a new CWS record... Rich Poythress went 1-for-4 tonight, bringing his season hit total to 99. One more hit would have made him the third Georgia player this year to hit 100, which would have been a new record for most players over 100 hits. The record was set earlier this year when Peisel joined Beckham as having over 100.

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