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!!