One night after blowing a three run eighth inning lead Fresno State found themselves down 5-0 after just two and a half innings and in desperate need of something special if they were to stay alive in the championship series. Something special is what they got. The Bulldogs rallied for six runs in the bottom of the third inning followed by five runs in the bottom of the fourth and four more in the bottom of the fifth a total of 14 runs in the span of three innings.
The Bulldogs who batted around in both the third and fourth innings suddenly found themselves up by nine runs. Georgia tried to mount a comeback as they scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to pull to within five at 15-10 but Fresno State answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning and one more in the bottom of the eighth to stretch the lead back out to nine runs.
The two teams will now face off in a winner take all third game. Fresno State used just three pitchers on the evening as the big lead afforded the Bulldogs’ weary pitching staff a little bit of rest heading into Wednesday’s game. Georgia which figured to hold the advantage on the mound used seven different pitchers on the evening.
Fresno State will be attempting to become just the second team (Oregon State, 2006) to lose the first game of the championship series and come back to win the final two games and the national championship. Georgia will be vying for their second national title in college baseball.
Game three is scheduled for the first pitch at 6:00 p.m. Central time and can be seen on ESPN.