Fresno State scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning, but Georgia answered with four runs in the bottom of the eighth and held on for a 7-6 victory in game one of the 2008 MCWS Championship Finals.
The win puts Georgia (44-23-1) just one win away from its second national championship and its first since 1990. Fresno State falls to 45-31 and now must win each of the last two games of the Championship Finals to win the national title.
In the bottom of the eighth, with Georgia trailing 6-3, Matt Olson led off with a single and scored on Gordon Beckham’s 27th home run of the season to make the score 6-5. After Rich Poythress walked, Matt Cerione doubled to drive in Poythress and tied the game. A double by Joey Lewis drove home Cerione and gave Georgia the lead.
Josh Fields then entered the game in the ninth and retired all three men he faced for his 18th save of the season.
Fresno State coach Mike Batesol shares his thoughts on needing to comeback from being down 1-0 and Georgia’s coach David Perno and home run leader Gordon Beckham share their thoughts on the comeback win.