OMAHA–After the drama of last night’s North Carolina-Louisiana State battle, the first game Saturday was just a bit of a let-down–but not for Georgia. The Bulldogs showed zero ill effects from a four-day layoff, carrying a six-run lead into the ninth and holding off a late Stanford rally to win 10-8 and reach the CWS finals for the first time since 1990. Georgia jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third inning, and the game was really never close from that point on, though Stanford got a pinch-hit, three-run homer from Ben Clowe with two outs in the ninth against Bulldogs closer Joshua Fields.
UGa. sophomore first baseman Rich Poythress tied a CWS record with three doubles in the game, joining seven other players in the record book. He finished the day 4-for-5 with four RBIs to pace Georgia’s 15-hit attack.
We’ll have more on this game shortly.
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