Well, we’ve already hashed this out, but you might recall I crowned the Georgia Bulldogs the champions of college baseball after they won the first game of the title series against Fresno State.
After Fresno won Game 2, I decided not to put myself back on the line because anything can happen in a winner-take-all scenario. So, Fresno went out and beat Georgia, 6-1, to complete perhaps the most impressive collegiate Cinderella story.
Fresno got an outstanding pitching performance from Justin Wilson (eight innings, five hits, one run and nine strikeouts) and Steve Detwiler went 4-for-4 with two home runs and drove in all six runs. The only run Georgia scored was on a solo home run by all-everything shortstop Gordon Beckham in the eighth inning.
Now that we’ve got all the pleasantries out of the way, I want to ask a question. Is this one of the single best Cinderella stories ever?
It’s been said Fresno winning it all is about the equivalent of a 13-16 seed winning the NCAA basketball tournament. The Bulldogs were three — THREE — games over .500 going into their conference tournament and faced elimination six times. Two of their best players were hurt throughout the postseason.
Perhaps it really is right up there with Villanova basketball or the 1980 U.S. hockey team in terms of pure sport accomplishment. Debate this, people.
I leave you with the Fresno State mascot atop this post one last time. Congrats, Bulldogs.