CWS: The last thing Georgia needed

By Eric Sorenson - June 17, 2006


If you are Georgia and you're sitting on a 4-2 lead over Rice in the 7th inning and have Rip Warren on the mound, you've got to feel pretty good about your chances. Warren came into the CWS with an 8-2 mark and a 2.78 ERA. But I should've listened to my good friend and SEC baseball guru Mark Etheridge. Before the game he told me that Warren was one of those pitchers that, when he's on, he's on. When he's not, he's been known to give up some big hits.

Sure enough, Rice stormed back with four runs on five hits and one hit batsmen in the bottom half of 7th and went on to win 6-4.

Coming into this week, I thought that Georgia was the one team that could ill-afford to lose its first game more than any other. And after six and a half innings, things were looking really good for them. But Rice's patient bats eventually prevailed. With game two coming against either Miami or Oregon State, two high-powered offensive teams, second starter Mickey Westphal will have to pitch his best game of the season for the Dawgs to move on. What is that they say about backing a junkyard dog into a corner?

Posted by Eric Sorenson at 05:00 PM on June 17, 2006
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