Montgomery tosses shutout as Dawgs drop Tech

ATHENS -- "Joe Hamilton for Heisman" read the tongue-in-cheek sign beyond the right field wall.

Perhaps tomorrow Nick Montgomery will have a sign of his own. A heartfelt one.

The Georgia senior turned in a virtuoso performance, scattering four hits in a complete game shutout as the Bulldogs (38-22-1) staved off elimination by throttling rival Georgia Tech (41-20) 8-0 in Georgia's second win of the day on Saturday.

It was Georgia's first shutout of Tech since 1969.

"Not much for me to say," said Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall. "I just hope that Nick Montgomery can't pitch tomorrow. Give him all the credit in the world."

While Charlie Blackmon, who accounted for half of Tech's hits, thought his Jackets might have come out a bit flat tonight, his coach disagreed, again pointing to Montgomery's prowess on the mound.

"I disagree a little bit with Charlie. I don't think we were flat. I just think Nick Montgomery was that good," Hall said.

Montgomery, who notched his second victory of the year against Tech, couldn't point to a specific reason for his performance.

"I couldn't really explain this game. They have a bunch of good hitters and a good lineup," he said, adding "I just felt comfortable. I was able to control all my pitches really."

Montgomery did get a little help along the way.

Georgia's offense, which accumulated 21 hits against Lipscomb in its first win of the day, pounded out another 12 to put eight runs on the scoreboard. And if the old axiom holds true, Georgia's players will be doing well with the ladies tonight as they launched three homers to pace their offensive performance.

"The past three games its been win or go home, and you come into a game like that you try to extend your career in my case. Everyone played well and we played towards our identity and our pitching showed up and bats showed up," said Georgia right fielder Matt Olson, who went 2 for 4 on the day with a two run homer.

Georgia head coach David Perno, who Friday described the long ball as being "elusive" to his squad, was certainly pleased to see it return.

"I think Rich (Poythress) had the two big ones today (one in each game). I think I had to threaten Rich and tell him I was going to take him out and put (Robbie) O'Bryan in. I think it pissed him off and he hit a couple home runs," Perno said.

But the game's standout was the senior pitcher Montgomery, who wants his performance tonight to carry over into tomorrow's rematch.

"I hope it can give us some motivation tomorrow," he said.

Georgia and Georgia Tech will meet again tomorrow night at 7 p.m., with Zach Von Tersch starting for the Yellow Jackets with either Alex McRee or Justin Grimm likely starting for the Bulldogs.

The winner will clinch both the season series, currently knotted at two games a piece, and a trip to the next round of the NCAA tournament.


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