OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Joey Lewis hit a tiebreaking double in a four-run eighth inning, and Georgia came from three runs down tonight to defeat Fresno State 7-6 in Game 1 of the College World Series finals.
Fresno State appeared to take control in the top of the eighth when it scored three runs to go up 6-3. But Georgia wasn't finished, and now stands one win away from a second national championship to go with the one it won in 1990.
Fresno State, 4-0 in elimination games in the NCAA tournament, will try to keep its improbable postseason run alive when the teams meet in Game 2 Tuesday night.
After Matt Olson singled leading off the bottom of the eighth, Fresno State called on closer Brandon Burke. Gordon Beckham sent Burke's second pitch over the fence in left-center for his 27th homer.
Burke walked Rich Poythress, and Matt Cerione doubled into the left-field corner. Poythress made it home from first, coming across the plate for the tying run as Danny Muno's relay throw hit him in the back.
Cerione scored the go-ahead run when Lewis' bouncer up the middle glanced off the second-base bag and shot into short left field.
All-America closer Joshua Fields, who gave up four runs to Stanford in the ninth inning Saturday, set Fresno State down 1-2-3 to end the game.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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