OMAHA–Through two and a half innings, it’s been all Georgia here at Rosenblatt Stadium. More specifically, it’s been all Rich Poythress and Joey Lewis.
Poythress, who was 1-for-6 in Georgia’s first two CWS games, has double twice and scored twice in the first three innings. He led off the second with a double down the left-field line, and he drove in Ryan Peisel with a double off the right-field wall in the third. Both times, Poythress was driven in by Lewis, who lined singles to left field in both of his at-bats. His third-inning single drove in two runs to make it 4-0 Georgia. Lewis is now 4-for-6 in Omaha.
Of course, Nathan Moreau did exactly the opposite of what he needed to do in the bottom of the third. Instead of pounding the strike zone with a four-run lead, Moreau walked No. 9 hitter Jake Schlander (he of the .231 average) to lead off the frame. Cord Phelps reached on an infield single, and Toby Gerhart walked to load the bases with no outs. Moreau struck out the dangerous Jason Castro on a fastball up and in with a full count, but coach David Perno just pulled him in favor of righthander Dean Weaver with the righthanded-hitting Brent Milleville coming up. It’s imperative for Stanford that it at least gets a couple of runs here, because failing to capitalize on a bases-loaded, no-out situation would be very demoralizing.
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