OMAHA, Neb. — Fresno State's improbable run will end with the Bulldogs playing for a national championship.
Tommy Mendonca drove in four runs, Clayton Allison came back from a shoulder ailment to allow one run over six innings, and the Bulldogs defeated North Carolina 6-1 to win their bracket in the College World Series on Sunday night.
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”If you look where we started out,“ closer Brandon Burke said, ”where we're at now is inconceivable.“
A Fresno State team (45-30) that became the first No. 4 regional seed to reach the CWS now finds itself matched against Georgia (44-23-1) in the best-of-three championship series starting Monday. Fresno State joins clubs such as Eastern Michigan in 1976, Wichita State in 1982 and Pepperdine in 1992 as surprise finalists.
North Carolina (54-14), the No. 2 national seed and CWS runner-up the past two years, was denied a third straight appearance in the finals.
”Fresno, they've got to put the underdog card down,“ Georgia Coach David Perno said. ”It isn't going to fly with us. “
The Bulldogs were in control all night, pressuring the Tar Heels every inning and scoring at least a run in each between the third and sixth. North Carolina used seven pitchers in all, including Alex White, who was making his fourth appearance.
Allison (4-5), out since the second game of the super regionals because of tendinitis, allowed only Dustin Ackley's double to start the game and five singles. The only run against him came when he issued a bases-loaded walk in the fourth.