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Under-Bulldogs!

Posted in CWS with tags , on June 26, 2008 by nathanelwell

WEDNESDAY – In thrilling fashion, the Fresno State Bulldogs won the 2008 CWS with a 2 HR, 6 RBI performance by Steve Detwiler.  This marks the first time in CWS history that a team with 31 losses came in and won it all.  The Bulldogs gained momentum after Game 2, in which they overcame a deficit to eventually smash UGA.  This momentum carried over to Game 3 in which they nearly shut out the beloved Dawgs. 

Besides having 31 losses, the Bulldogs piled up 62 runs in this years CWS, which ties the all-time record that USC set back in 1998.  They also were the lowest seed in any NCAA sport to win a National Championship.  In typical understated fashion of a champion, the star of Game 3 said the following: “Everybody was having amazing at-bats and seeing the ball, I got lucky and capitalized on a few of them”.  The thing I love about sports is that you can see athletes make the most amazing plays and afterwards they state the obvious: “You just gotta put the bat on the ball” or “I was just trying my best not to miss the pitch” or “We just gotta get 3 outs each inning for 9 innings to win the game” or “well, I saw the pitch, and I hit the pitch..”  But set aside the cheesy comments – the baseball highlights were enough to get my blood moving.

The adrenaline started in the 2nd inning when Detwiler hit a two-run shot to right field.  He followed the two-run shot by a run scoring double in the 4th inning, and then an additional three-run shot in the 6th.  Fresno State relied on the solid pitching of Justin Wilson, who struck out 9 over 8 innings pitched with only one run and one walk given up.  I just have to share with you what Wilson said, because again, he was stating the obvious about his pitching performance: “When you’ve got a wonderful defense behind you and your offense is outstanding, it can’t get better than that.”

Well folks, I’ve got nothing more to say.  The Fresno State Bulldogs are champs!!

 

Battle of the Bulldogs

Posted in 1, CWS with tags , on June 25, 2008 by nathanjzacharias

So yesterday I’m completely focused and hard at work, as I always am, when one of our most dedicated readers points out that we here at the TwoNate show have failed to mention anything about the College World Series.  She is right, and we apologize.  As it turns out, she’s also one of our slightly misguided readers since she’s cheering for Fresno St over UGA but oh well.  Only kidding.  The TwoNate show welcomes supporters of all teams and sports, no matter how inexplicable.

But back to the CWS.  As I read this the Fresno State Bulldogs have stunned my Bulldogs by putting up 15 runs on the board.  What was a 5 run lead for UGA is now a substantial deficitt. But the game is young, and hopefully by the time I get done writing this article I’ll be able to revel in a UGA National Title.  If all goes according to plan, it won’t be the only Title they celebrate this year.

Regardless of what happens, congratulations to both sets of Bulldogs on making it to Omaha this year.  College baseball unfortunately doesn’t get much attention until the tournament, so the great seasons by many teams tends to be slightly unappreciated.

For Georgia (SEC), they came into the night with a record of 45-23-1.  They’ve rebounded in a big way from last year where they were only 23-33.  It’s their third World Series appearance in the last 5 years, and they’re going for only their second baseball National Title (the first coming in 1990). They’re 4-0 in the tournament so far with 3 come from behind wins. They’ll need a big one tonight if they want to avoid a game 3.

Fresno State (WAC) has compiled a 45-31 record and they’re making their first CWS appearance since 1991. They’ve proven to be difficult to put away as they are 4-0 inelimination games this Series.  Tonight is proving to be no different.  They’ve played UGA tough as they were a few outs away from winning game 1 and have a comfortable lead tonight.

So in a way, all is right in the world when we at least know that a Bulldog will win.  But my bias has me hoping that it will be the Athens bulldog.  Either way, both teams have had a great season and should be proud of what they’ve accomplished.  They’ve put on a great show for the fans and made those who wouldn’t have paid much attention take notice.  Good Dogs.