Six-run inning gives Fresno the lead
OMAHA, Neb. -- Fresno State climbed back in the game, exploding for six runs to charge ahead 6-5 during a third-inning rally keyed by a long three-run homer by Tommy Mendonca.
Earlier, Georgia starting pitcher Nick Montgomery was knocked out of the game after struggling to find command against the pesky Bulldogs.
Steve Detwiler led off the inning for Fresno State with a single and stole second. After Danny Muno coaxed a full-count walk with one out, the runners advanced on Gavin Hedstrom's single to load the bases. The first run score when Montgomery uncorked a wild pitch.
After Eric Wetzel walked, Steve Susdorf slapped a two-run single that knocked Montgomery from the game. Montgomery labored in the inning as five of the six hitters he faced in the inning drew a ball on his first pitch.
After Georgia reliever Stephen Dodson got Alan Ahmady meekly popped out, Mendonca came through with his big hit. He blasted Dodson's first pitch deep into the right-field bleachers to give Fresno State its first lead of the game. It was the 18th homer of the season for Mendonca, who came into the game leading the nation in strikeouts with 96.
The big hits by Mendonca and Susdorf with runners in scoring possession were a marked change from Fresno State's recent struggles. Fresno State was only 4-for-31 with runners in scoring position in their most recent games.