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Susdorf's blast boosts Bulldogs

• Hart graduate homers for Fresno State in CWS win

Posted: June 18, 2008 1:47 a.m.
Updated: August 19, 2008 5:02 a.m.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) ­- Alan Ahmady hit the go-ahead single in the fifth inning, five Fresno State pitchers combined to hold North Carolina scoreless for all but one inning and the upstart Bulldogs continued to surprise Tuesday night with a 5-3 victory in the College World Series.

The Bulldogs (44-29), the first No. 4 regional seed to reach the CWS, have won two straight in Omaha to take control of Bracket 2.

They need one more win to reach the best-of-three championship round that starts next Monday.

North Carolina (52-13), the No. 2 national seed, will meet LSU in an elimination game Thursday, with the winner facing Fresno on Friday. If the Bulldogs lose, they'll play the same opponent Saturday in an elimination game.

The Bulldogs, who opened the CWS with a 17-5 win over Rice, knocked out Tar Heels starter Adam Warren (9-2) in the fifth after opening the inning with three straight singles.

Brian Moran came on and gave up Ahmady's two-run single that gave Fresno State a 4-3 lead.

Ryan Overland homered leading off the second inning, marking the first time North Carolina had trailed in a game since the fifth inning of its regional opener against UNC Wilmington.

The Tar Heels went up 3-1 in the third on three run-scoring hits: a triple by Tim Fedroff, double by Kyle Seager and single by Chad Flack.

Steve Susdorf hit the Bulldogs' second homer of the game - and sixth of the CWS - to pull Fresno to 3-2 in the fourth.

Then, Ahmady delivered his bases-loaded hit against Moran in the fifth.

Rob Wooten, Carolina's closer, allowed one run on three hits the rest of the way, including Erik Wetzel's RBI single in the eighth for Fresno's final run.

Fresno starter Justin Miller worked four innings, allowing all three runs on seven hits. Jason Breckley (3-2), the third pitcher, worked just a third of an inning to get the win. Brandon Burke allowed one hit in 1 1-3 innings for his 13th save.

Carolina had 11 hits, but left runners in scoring position in three of the last five innings.


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