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Fresno St. forces Game 3 in CWS

Fresno State's Steve Susdorf (27) and Erik Wetzel (3), greet Tommy Mendonca after he hit a three-run home run against Georgia in the third inning. Fresno State evened the College World Series at one game a piece with a 19-10 victory over Georgia on Tuesday in Omaha, Neb. The final game will be at 6 tonight for all the marbles.

Fresno State's Steve Susdorf (27) and Erik Wetzel (3), greet Tommy Mendonca after he hit a three-run home run against Georgia in the third inning. Fresno State evened the College World Series at one game a piece with a 19-10 victory over Georgia on Tuesday in Omaha, Neb. The final game will be at 6 tonight for all the marbles.

June 25, 2008

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— Fresno State has reached the brink of pulling off what once was unimaginable for a team in its situation: winning a national championship.

One of the most amazing postseason runs in college baseball history continued Tuesday night thanks to an offensive performance that was nothing short of, well, amazing.

After spotting Georgia a five-run lead in the third inning, Fresno State struck for 15 runs over the next three innings for a 19-10 victory in Game 2 of the College World Series finals.

"This club has a lot of heart. I keep saying that because it's true," Fresno State coach Mike Batesole said. "This team has been going and going and going, and they're going to go for nine more innings."

The Bulldogs from Fresno State (46-31) and Bulldogs from Georgia (45-24-1) will meet in Game 3 tonight to determine college baseball's top dog.

"Throughout the whole season, we knew we had all the tools to do something like this," left fielder Steve Susdorf said. "To put them all together and get to the point is not really describable."

Tommy Mendonca put Fresno State in front with his record-tying fourth home run of the CWS in his team's six-run third inning.

Fresno State scored five runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth to trip up a Georgia team that appeared on the verge of sweeping through the CWS to its second national title and first since 1990.

Fresno State wouldn't let its incredible season end that way, not on this night. Rather, the Bulldogs scored the most runs against a Georgia team since Tennessee's 19-12 win in the 2001 CWS - 435 games ago.

Before Tuesday, Fresno State hadn't come back from more than four runs down to win a game this season.

Georgia coach David Perno tried to keep a sense of humor in defeat.

"We had a tough time defending the post pattern across the middle. It's killing us," he said. "And then that late extra point."

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