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The 2008 College World Series was played at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, NE. The participating schools qualified by winning their Regional and Super-Regional tournaments. The finals were an interesting set of firsts - Fresno State was the first No. 4 regional seed to make it to the College World Series, let alone the finals, while Georgia was the first team to have a losing record one year and make the CWS finals the next. Fresno State won the title, becoming the team with the most losses (31) to win the CWS as well as the lowest seed to do so. Tommy Mendonca of Fresno State was voted the Most Outstanding Player.

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[edit] Participating Teams

[edit] Bracket 1

School Conference Record (Conference) Head Coach CWS Appearances CWS Best Finish CWS W-L Record
Florida State University Atlantic Coast Conference 54-13 (24-6) Mike Martin 18
(last: 2000)
2nd
(1970, 1986, 1999)
25-36
University of Georgia Southeastern Conference 42-23-1 (20-9-1) Dave Perno 5
(last: 2006)
1st
(1990)
6-9
University of Miami Atlantic Coast Conference 53-9 (23-5) Jim Morris 22
(last: 2006)
1st
(1982, 1985, 1999, 2001)
46-36
Stanford University Pacific-10 Conference 40-22-2 (14-10) Mark Marquess 15
(last: 2003)
1st
(1987, 1988)
38-27

[edit] Bracket 2

School Conference Record (Conference) Head Coach CWS Appearances CWS Best Finish CWS W-L Record
Fresno State Western Athletic Conference 42-29 (21-11) Mike Batesole 3
(last: 1991)
3rd
(1959)
4-6
Louisiana State University Southeastern Conference 48-17-1 (18-11-1) Paul Mainieri 13
(last: 2004)
1st
(1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000)
29-17
University of North Carolina Atlantic Coast Conference 51-12 (22-7) Mike Fox 6
(last: 2007)
2nd
(2006, 2007)
10-13
Rice University Conference USA 47-13 (21-3) Wayne Graham 6
(last: 2007)
1st
(2003)
10-11

[edit] Results

[edit] 2008 College World Series Bracket

The teams in the CWS are divided into two pools of four, with each pool playing a double-elimination format. The winners of the two pools meet in a best-of-three finals.

  First round Second round Semifinals Finals
                                           
1  Miami 4  
8  Georgia 7  
  8  Georgia 4  
   Stanford 3  
4  Florida State 5
 Stanford 16  
  8  Georgia 10 --  
 
   Stanford 8 --  
1  Miami 7  
4  Florida State 5  
  1  Miami 3
   Stanford 8  
  8  Georgia 7 10 1
   Fresno State 6 19 6
 Fresno State 17  
6  Rice 5  
   Fresno State 5
  2  North Carolina 3  
2  North Carolina 8
7  LSU 4  
   Fresno State 3 6
 
  2  North Carolina 4 1  
6  Rice 5  
7  LSU 6  
  7  LSU 3
  2  North Carolina 7  

[edit] Game Results

Date Game Winner Score Loser Notes
June 15 Game 1 Stanford University 16-5 Florida State Stanford becomes the first team in 14 years to score 11 runs in one inning in the College World Series, putting it away in the 9th to break a 5-5 tie. FSU shortstop Tony Delmonico makes three errors.
Game 2 Georgia 7-4 Miami After winning 45 games in a row in which they led entering the 9th, top seed Miami blows it as first-round draftee Carlos Gutierrez makes a two-run error.
June 15 Game 3 Fresno State 17-5 Rice University Rice, with the #5 ERA in NCAA Division I (3.63), allows the most runs in a College World Series in 7 years to underdog Fresno State. Fresno State hits 3 3-run homers in the rout.
Game 4 North Carolina 8-4 Louisiana State University LSU loses for only the second time in a 27-game stretch
June 16 Game 5 Miami 7-5 Florida State Florida State eliminated.
In a sudden-death match-up, Miami tops their Florida rivals. FSU strands a CWS record 17 runners. Carlos Gutierrez almost blows his second save in a row for Miami.
Game 6 Georgia 4-3 Stanford Matt Cerione breaks the 3-3 tie with a 2-out single with the bases loaded in the 7th to give Georgia the close win.
June 17 Game 7 Louisiana State 6-5 Rice Rice eliminated.
Rice blows a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the 9th as former All-American Cole St. Clair. The big hit is a 3-run double by DH Blake Dean.
Game 8 Fresno State 5-3 North Carolina Fresno State, the lowest ranked seed in the tournament, becomes the second 2-0 team with its second upset in a row.
June 18 Game 9 Stanford 8-3 Miami Miami eliminated.
The #1 seed is knocked out as their powerful offense sputters. Cord Phelps falls a homer shy of the cycle and drives in two for Stanford and Sean Ratliff homers.
June 19/June 20 Game 10 North Carolina 7-3 Louisiana State Louisiana State eliminated.
Due to rain, the game was halted on June 19 and resumed the next day. The score was even at 3 going into the 9th. Louis Coleman allowed a hit then intentionally walked Dustin Ackley and Tim Fedroff to put the potential winning run at the plate. Tim Federowicz then hit a 2-out grand slam to ruin LSU manager Paul Mainieri's two free passes.
June 21 Game 11 Georgia 10-8 Stanford Stanford eliminated.
Rich Poythress ties the CWS record with 3 doubles in a game and Ryan Peisel delivers a 3-run homer as Georgia edges Stanford to move to the finals.
Game 12 North Carolina 4-3 Fresno State Fresno State's magic run is at least temporarily put on hold as UNC tries to go to the finals for a third year in a row. Chad Flack's 2-run 8th-inning homer is the big blow.
June 22 Game 13 Fresno State 6-1 North Carolina North Carolina eliminated.
UNC fails to make the finals for the third year in a row. Clayton Allison allowed one run in six innings and Tommy Mendonca drove in four for the Bulldogs.
June 23 Game 14 Georgia 7-6 Fresno State Fresno State and Georgia battled evenly for 7 innings to a 3-3 tie. In the 8th, Fresno State broke through for three runs. Closer Brandon Burke struggled, though, allowing 4 runs in the bottom of the inning, to lose the game. The big shot was a 2-run homer by Gordon Beckham to become Georgia's all-time home run king. Josh Fields went 1-2-3 in the 9th for his 18th save in 18 chances this season.
June 24 Game 15 Fresno State 19-10 Georgia For the first time this season, Fresno State comes back from a 5-run deficit, battling back for a rout. Georgia allows the most runs it had in a game since 2001. Tommy Mendonca ties the CWS record with his 4th home run, a 3-run shot in the third inning.
June 25 Game 16 Fresno State 6-1 Georgia Fresno State wraps up their astounding title, the first in school history, behind the pitching of Justin Wilson, who fanned 9 while throwing shutout ball for 7 innings before Gordon Beckham homered for Georgia's lone run. Steve Detwiler homered twice and drove in six to lead the Fresno State offense.

[edit] All Tournament Team

The following players were members of the All-Tournament Team

Position Player School
P Alex White North Carolina
Justin Wilson Fresno State
1B Dustin Ackley North Carolina
2B Erik Wetzel Fresno State
3B Tommy Mendonca Fresno State
SS Gordon Beckham Georgia
C Jason Castro Stanford
OF Tim Fedroff North Carolina
Steve Susdorf Fresno State
Steve Detwiler Fresno State
DH Ryan Peisel Georgia

[edit] Notable Players

[edit] Tournament Notes

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