Fresno State continues their improbable run in the College World Series coming up with a come from behind 5-3 win over second-seeded North Carolina, 5-3 Tuesday night.
Fresno State was down 3-1. The Bulldogs cut into the North Carolina lead in the fourth on Steve Susdorf’s leadoff homer. Fresno State took over in the fifth when the first three batters of the inning reached base. After a fielder’s choice cut a runner out at the plate, Alan Ahmady’s single drove in two runs and gave the Bulldogs a 4-3 lead.
The Bulldogs added some breathing room in the eighth when Danny Muno singled and moved to second on a sacrifice. Muno then scored on a single by Erik Wetzel to make the score 5-3.
On the mound, Kris Tomlinson, Jason Breckley, Holden Sprague and Brandon Burke combined to allow just four hits and one walk while striking out five in five innings of scoreless relief.
The Bulldogs (44-29), were the first four-seed to reach the Men’s College World Series, coming out of the Long Beach Regional. They have now beaten the second-seeded team, the Tar Heels, third-seeded Arizona State twice in the Super Regional and the sixth-seeded team Rice to open the CWS.
Fresno State is just one win away from an appearance in the championship series and will play Friday at 6 p.m. against the winner of the LSU/UNC game. The Tar Heels (52-13) fall to the losers’ bracket and will face LSU Thursday at 6 p.m. a rematch of their opening round game.
Fresno State coach Mike Batesol and Steve Susdorf talk about the Bulldogs win. UNC’s coach Mike Fox discusses the game.