Fresno St. reaches CWS finals

June 22, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Fresno State's improbable postseason run will end with the Bulldogs playing for a national championship.Coach Mike Batesole said they're still underdogs, but it's hard to call these guys underdogs now because they really are acting the part of wonderdogs.

Tommy Mendonca earned player of the game honors with four RBI's. A double into the right field gap brought in Alan Ahmady to make it 4-1 in the fourth.

With a 6-1 lead, Brandon Burke came on in the eighth inning to close it down and he had to help his own cause.

Opening the ninth, Burke got Mark Fleury to ground out to Wetzel, who also scored two runs. Burke walked a batter to set up the double play that ended it all.

6-1 was the final and the Bulldogs move on to the National Championship Series on Monday.

After the double play to close out the game fans went nuts; jumping on chairs and screaming at the top of their lungs, cheering the Bulldogs victory.

After beating North Carolina in a must win game to advance to the championship in Omaha the excitement could be felt all the way back at the Dog House Grill in Fresno. "It's amazing, it's great. I can't wait to see it. I hope we win the World Series," said Bulldog fan Alex Avarca.

The Bulldogs flew under the radar during most of the season. Fans here believe not enough credit has been given to the team. "I don't think people give them enough recognition. I mean even ESPN yesterday was showing shots of North Carolina winning and stuff and we're doing better than them anyway and obviously we won," said Emily McCuly.

Peter Smits, V.P. of University Advancement at Fresno State, said the Dogs winning are not just making school history but NCAA history as well, "This is the first team in College World Series history that was ranked 4th seed who made it in the championship round. Nobody's ever done that before."

Fans said they'll remember this winning moment for years to come and look forward to taking on Georgia's Bulldogs in their first ever championship game.

Now a lot of fans we spoke with said they have work Monday, but were going to look for a way to get out a little earlier so they could cheer on their championship bound Bulldogs here at the Dog House Grill.

The Bulldogs players and fans got to enjoy tonight's big win together in Ohama. After the game the players mingled with dozens of fans who have made the trip all the way from the Valley to Nebraska for the College World Series.

The players signed a few autographs and shook a few hands before heading back to their hotel to get some rest for tomorrow's opening game against Georgia.

Stay with Action News for continuing coverage of Fresno State at the College World Series. Jason Oliveira will have updates from Omaha as the Bulldogs take on Georgia.


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