Underdog Fresno State in College World Series finals

OMAHA, Neb. — Fresno State Bulldogs fans have been wearing their "Underdog to Wonderdog" T-shirts around Rosenblatt Stadium for days en masse.

They just might get a chance to order some national championship shirts pretty soon.

Fresno State’s improbable postseason run will end in the College World Series championship round after Tommy Mendonca drove in four runs and Clayton Allison overcame a shoulder ailment to shut down North Carolina in a 6-1 victory Sunday night.

"If you look where we started out," closer Brandon Burke said, "where we’re at now is inconceivable."

A Fresno State team (45-30) that became the first No. 4 regional seed to reach the CWS now finds itself matched against Georgia (44-23-1) in the best-of-three championship series starting today. Fresno State joins clubs such as Eastern Michigan in 1976, Wichita State in 1982 and Pepperdine in 1992 as surprise finalists.


North Carolina (54-14), the No. 2 national seed and CWS runner-up the past two years, was denied a third straight appearance in the finals.

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