Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bulldogs' Bullpen Responds in Omaha; Relief Pitchers Give Georgia Inside Track to CWS Title

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bulldogs' Bullpen Responds in Omaha; Relief Pitchers Give Georgia Inside Track to CWS Title

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Byline: JENNIFER IANNONE

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

Who: Georgia vs. Stanford-Miami winner

When: 2 p.m. Friday

Where: Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha Neb.

TV: ESPN2

OMAHA, Neb. -- Any concerns coach David Perno had about his bullpen have diminished after Georgia's first two games at the College World Series.

In the past two games at Rosenblatt Stadium, the Bulldogs' bullpen subdued one of the top offenses in the nation in Miami and stymied Stanford's normally consistent lineup.

Georgia's relievers have allowed one earned run and four hits in 11 innings in Omaha. In that span, the bullpen has walked four and struck out nine with a 3.27 ERA.

The bullpen is a large reason why Georgia is sitting at 2-0 and resting for Friday's 2 p.m. game against the winner of Wednesday night's Stanford-Miami game.

On Monday against Stanford, three Bulldogs combined to pitch six innings of scoreless relief. Stephen Dodson relieved starter Nick Montgomery and threw 3 2/3 innings. Dodson allowed one hit and walked two. Alex McRee pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings after giving up two hits and one earned run in Saturday's 7-4 victory over No. 1 Miami.

All-American closer Joshua Fields, who was drafted as the 20th pick by the Seattle Mariners nearly two weeks ago, closed both games. He has pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings with one walk and one strikeout. He escaped a jam in the ninth Monday. After retiring Stanford's Sean Ratliff, Fields hit Toby Gerhart and walked Zach Jones. Pinch hitter Colin Walsh then grounded into a double play to end the game.

"We had a chance there in the ninth, and we couldn't get that hit," Stanford coach Mark Marquess said after Georgia's 4-3 victory. "That happens when you have two good teams. They pitched very well. They silenced our bats. The relievers really kind of shut us down. Their closer is a great one, one of the best ones in the country. …

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