Monday, June 16, 2008


For Miami, it was just bad timing.

Georgia coach David Perno said so over and over.

Perno also was unashamed to say, “I’ll take it,” after his Bulldogs capitalized on a ninth-inning Miami meltdown that produced Georgia’s 7-4 College World Series victory over the top-seeded Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Georgia scored four runs in the ninth—two on Miami closer Carlos Gutierrez’s throwing error—as the Bulldogs came from behind to win.

“That was a big mistake they made at the wrong time,” Perno said. “We took advantage and were very lucky.”

Gutierrez, the Minnesota Twins’ first-round draft pick, came on to start the ninth to protect Miami’s one-run lead. He couldn’t do it, and Miami lost for the first time in 46 games in which it led after eight innings.

Georgia (42-23-1), which went two games and out in its last CWS appearance in 2006, advanced to play Stanford on Monday. Miami (52-10) will try to stay alive in Bracket 1 when it meets Florida State in an elimination game, also Monday.

Georgia's Gordon Beckham, right, is caught stealing second base by Miami shortstop Ryan Jackson in the sixth inning of an NCAA College World Series baseball game, in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, June 14, 2008. (AP Photo/Eric Francis)

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