Three Georgia pitchers combined on six innings of scoreless, one-hit relief and Matt Cerione’s two-out, two-run single in the seventh gave eighth-seeded Georgia a 4-3 win over Stanford in last night’s winners’ bracket game at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Down 3-2 in the seventh inning, with two outs, the Bulldogs came back against Stanford reliever Austin Yount on a pair of walks and a hit batsman to load the bases for Cerione who delivered a single back up the middle to drive home Gordon Beckham and Rich Poythress and give the Bulldogs their first lead of the game.
The key to the game, was the Georgia bullpen corps of Stephen Dodson, Alex McRee and Josh Fields. The trio combined to allow just one hit and three walks while striking out four. McRee (7-1) gets the win striking out two of the four batters he faced and Fields notched his 17th save of the season.
Georgia (43-23-1) is just one win away from an appearance in the Championship Finals and has three days off before playing again on Friday at 1 p.m. (Central). Stanford (40-23-2) falls to the losers’ bracket where the Cardinal will play Miami (Fla.) Wednesday at 6 p.m. (Central).