Monday, June 23, 2008

Finally….the National Championship has come back to the SEC

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It will be Bulldog on Bulldog for the baseball national championship in a best of 3 starting tonight. Number 8 nationally seeded Georgia faces upstart Fresno State who survived the elimination game with North Carolina on Sunday night in the finals.

Fresno State is the underdog of all underdogs in this tournament. The Bulldogs of California were a number 4 regional seed, the only one ever to make a College World Series, amounting to a 13 seed or below in the NCAA basketball Tournament making the national title game.

The Bulldogs from Georgia are a story in their own right having made the CWS finals after a losing season the previous year, also a first. Game 1 in the 3 game series will be critical, but these teams are no stranger to elimination games. Georgia won 4 in a row in their regional after losing the opener to Lipscomb. The Bulldogs also defeated NC State in the Super Regional elimination game, but the Dawgs are undfeated in the CWS so far. Fresno has survived 3 elimination games all on the road. Throw in that they have been without their ace and 2nd round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates for the entire tourney and you have the makings of a fantastic run no matter what happens in the finals.

Fresno has been a nice story this post season, but their ride ends here. Georgia has the hot bats, a solid starting staff, and a knockout closer. Fresno may have seen a chink in Georgia's armor when Stanford got 4 runs off of the closer of the year, Josh Fields, but the senior will bounce back in the finals. All of these equal Georgia in two games to win their first baseball title since 1990.

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