Fresno State Defies Odds And Bags The CWS


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My North Carolina Tarheels were eliminated by the Fresno State Bulldogs, but it was a bittersweet loss. Bitter because the Tarheels came up short for the third consecutive year, sweet because the team that eliminated them is this year’s College World Series champion.

An All Bulldogs Final

Fresno State is the champion by knocking off the Georgia Bulldogs 6-1 this past Wednesday. This was the same team that started its season at 8-12 and had to win the Western Athletic Conference title in order to qualify for post season play. The team escaped several near-death experiences in the regional and super regional to advance to the championship round at Omaha. Once there, they knocked off a succession of heavyweights including Georgia, the favorite.

Finishing the season at 47-31, the Bulldogs of Fresno State have the distinction of possessing the most losses of any team winning the College World Series. But, this was a determined team, one that had nothing to lose and everything to gain. You could tell when watching the series that Fresno State was the most relaxed team on the field — heck, they weren’t expected to be there and seemed to be enjoying the ride.

Two Heroes and Then Some

The hero of the third championship game was Steve Detwiler who homered twice and drove in all six of Fresno’s runs. Tommy Mendoca was named series MVP on account of his four homers, 11 RBIs, and excellent defensive work.

Some might argue that Fresno State was given an advantage not previously realized at the CWS when the series was stretched out a few extra days to build in some rest time. But, that same rest was afforded all of the teams and when it mattered, the Bulldogs pulled it all together and won the series.

Kudos to Fresno State — home of the 2008 College World Series champions!

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