That plan was one reason the Dawgs threw so many pitchers tonight. Seven red and black hurlers took the mound – Nick Montgomery, Stephen Dodson, Will Harvil, Justin Grimm, Justin Earls, Steve Esmonde and Jason Leaver all faced a batter in Rosenblatt Stadium Tuesday night.
The number of pitchers was as a direct result of Fresno's explosion in the middle of the game. Fresno scored six, five and four runs in the middle of the game and added four more in their last two frames to account for their 19 runs. All of that happened after Georgia's 5-0 lead. It is the most runs Georgia has allowed since 2004.
But Tuesday night's debacle doesn't deter Perno from his faith in the pitchers he plans on using for what has become the national title game.
"Those are the guys who got us here and they are going to be the one to get the ball tomorrow," he said of the stable of pitchers he plans to use Wednesday night.
Still, the Georgia head coach said that he's comfortable with the situation Georgia is in.
"There is no other place you would rather be. We are facing a game three or a game seven and you don't get bigger than that," he said.