OMAHA–If the College World Series were a game of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," Stanford would just have used its first life Cord, err, life line. The Cardinal phoned a friend for help, and Cord Phelps answered. (Am I taking this forced, dated reference too far?)
Phelps tripled home Jake Schlander and scored on a wild pitch to cut Georgia’s lead to 6-3 in the fourth inning. It was the second triple in two games for Phelps, who has now reached base safely in all three plate appearances today. He walked in the first and singled in the third, though he was stranded on third base. If not for Phelps, Georgia would be on its way to a blowout win right now.
Of course, right as I was about to submit this post, Ryan Peisel did his best to ensure the blowout is back on. Georgia’s leadoff man trumped Stanford’s leadoff man with a wind-aided three-run homer to right field, giving Georgia a 9-3 lead. It was the third hit of the game for Peisel, who has scored all three times. Like Phelps, Peisel has put on quite a show all week; entering the game he led the Bulldogs with a .444 average in the CWS. He also has both of Georgia’s home runs in Omaha. What a great value pick in the 12th round for the Rockies. (And I feel obliged to mention that Colorado’s area scout in Georgia is former BA writer Alan Matthews. He’s got to be feeling good right now.)
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