May I introduce to you on the left, Timeout, the mascot of the Fresno State Bulldogs. And on the right, meet UGA, the mascot of the University of Georgia.
After four days of the College World Series in Omaha, there are just two undefeated teams and they are probably two teams that people expected the least out of. Fresno State was a #4 regional seed and played down the stretch without its best pitcher, Tanner Scheppers.
Georgia was a #8 national seed and the team had two first round draft picks in shorstop Gordon Beckham and reliever Joshua Fields. However, the Bulldogs were matched against #1 Miami in its opening game.
In Georgia's opener, the Bulldogs trailed the Hurricanes 4-3 going to the ninth with Miami's closer, Carlos Gutierrez (first round pick of the Twins), on the hill. The Bulldogs parlayed a leadoff hit, a dropped third strike, and a horrible throwing error by Gutierrez into a 4-run inning. Fields closed out the win.
The next day, Fresno State routed #6 Rice, 17-5.
Georgia faced off against Stanford in its next game. The Cardinal took an early 3-1 lead and were clinging to a 3-2 lead in the 7th when Matt Cerione had a 2-out, 2-run single that proved to be enough. Fields picked up another save in the 4-3 win.
Tonight, Fresno State played #2 North Carolina, a solid team although one lacking in star power in the major league draft (the highest pick being catcher Tim Federowicz in the seventh round).
The Tar Heels scored three times in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead, but the Bulldogs scored a run in the fourth and two in the fifth and held on for a 5-3 win.
Now each of the Bulldogs need just one win to make it to the championship series, which will start Monday. But who will they play?
Georgia's opponent will be decided tomorrow afternoon at 4 pm PT when Miami and Stanford play an elimination game. The winner of that game would have to beat Georgia on BOTH Friday and Saturday to advance.
Fresno State's opponent will be decided on Thursday at 4 pm PT when North Carolina takes on #7 LSU, which eliminated Rice today 7-6 with four runs in the bottom of the ninth. The winner of that game would have to beat Fresno State on Friday and Saturday as well.
Florida State and Rice are the two teams that have been eliminated.