THUMBS UP FRESNO STATE

Fresno State has defeated the University of Georgia 6-1 in game three to take the best of three series 2-1. They are the lowest seed ever to win the College World Series. 33 losses is the most ever by a championship team. But this team would not be denied, beating Georgia two out of three games, after Georgia hadn’t lost a single game in the tournament before this series.

Steve Detwiler the rightfielder for Fresno State was the difference in this one at the plate. Detwiler hit a two run homer just out of the rightfielder’s leaping grasp in his first at bat. His second time up he doubled home a run. Then he capped off his night with a three run no doubt about it blast to left, to account for all the Fresno State runs. The most amazing thing about Steve’s heroics is that he needs surgery to replace a completely torn ligament in his left thumb. This sophomore was in agony whenever he swung & missed, maybe that was motivation for him to connect.

Meanwhile lefthanded starter Justin Wilson had the game completely in hand, with pinpoint control, he dominated Georgia, allowing only a solo home run to Gordon Beckham in the 8th inning. A defining moment happened in the first inning when Wilson was forced to pitch out of a bases loaded jam in which his defense let him down, two errors. I shouldn’t be surprised to see the Pirates drafted Justin, especially because of their tendancy to draft lefthanded pitchers. This kid has alot of moxy and it’s good to see he can pitch around errors, seeing he might be with the Buccos. Wilson reminded everyone of a young David Wells.

As a freshman Gordon Beckham grounded into a doubleplay to end his tournament dreams. This time he hit his 28th homer in his final trip to the dish, but it didn’t matter as Georgia lost to Fresno State. Still Beckham had a great year and I look forward to seeing him on the Southside of Chicago, maybe as early as next year.

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