Friday, June 27, 2008

“WONDERDOGS” WIN CWS

The Fresno State Bulldogs became the lowest seeded team to win a major NCAA Championship when they knocked off Georgia Wednesday night 6-1 to win the CWS. The “Wonderdogs,” who were the equivalent of a 16-seed if this was hoop, knocked off overall tournament #2 UNC on their way to the unlikely win.

With Steve Detwiler providing all the offense Justin Wilson needed, the Bulldogs captured their first national championship in a men's sport with a 6-1 victory over Georgia in the decisive Game 3 of the College World Series finals.

Detwiler homered twice and drove in all six runs, and Wilson allowed five hits in eight innings to cap Fresno State's wild ride to a title.

Fresno State was forecast to be a Top 25 team coming into the season, but the Bulldogs lost 12 of their first 20 games. They needed to win the Western Athletic Conference tournament just to make the NCAA field of 64, fought off elimination in regionals and super regionals, and became the first No. 4 regional seed to reach the CWS since the tournament expanded in 1999.

The Bulldogs (47-31) from California not only showed they belonged, they showed they were the best, even though no previous national champion had more losses. The national title was the second in school history. Fresno State won the 1998 women's softball title.

(The Fresno State Bulldogs celebrate (above left) and Steve Susdorf #27 of the Fresno State Bulldogs slides safely into second base under Miles Starr #27 of the Georgia Bulldogs. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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