June 2, 2008
Olson has five of Georgia's 21
hits in win over Lipscomb
By Phil Stanton
ATHENS, Ga. – It was crooked numbers on the
scoreboard for Georgia and sticks for Lipscomb.
The Bulldogs (37-22-1) had four multi-run innings
in the first five to claim a 14-3 victory over the Bisons
(33-30) Sunday afternoon, giving Georgia a 13-0 record in NCAA
Tournament elimination games at Foley Field.
"It was a good win," said Georgia head coach Dave
Perno. "and a very good one for Nathan (Moreau). We needed that,
and our offense had to come through early and set the tone, and
Top-seeded Georgia will meet second-seeded
Georgia Tech at 6 p.m. this evening and will have to beat the
Yellow Jackets twice to win the regional.
Georgia gained revenge from its 10-7 loss to
Lipscomb on Friday in the first game of the Athens Regional.
The top four starters in the Bulldog lineup
combined to go 12-22 (.545) with 11 runs and eight RBI. No. 2
hitter Matt Olson led the attack by going 5 for 6 with four runs
and an RBI. He is 11 for 16 in three regional games with five
runs. Cleanup hitter Rich Poythress had two hits, two runs and
"Tough game, playing against a very good team,"
said Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand. "Everybody saw today why
they’re SEC champs. They came out and had a great approach, got
on the board early and just kept attacking us from the
beginning. I can’t complement them enough."
Nathan Moreau (4-2) did his job on the mound for
the Bulldogs, going seven innings with eight hits, three earned
runs, no walks and six strikeouts. Justin Earls tossed two
scoreless innings in relief for Georgia.
"This is what we needed today," Moreau said.
"Offensively, we put up great run support. Myself and Earls
grinded out some innings and did what we needed to do. It was a
big win, and we need another one tonight."
As they did in their first meeting on Friday, the
Bulldogs put four on the board in the first against the Bisons.
Ryan Peisel drew a leadoff walk, moved to third on a single by
Olson and scored on a base hit by Gordon Beckham. Poythress had
a two-run single and Lyle Allen added a two-out RBI base hit to
give Georgia a 4-0 advantage.
In the top of the second, Olson and Beckham had
consecutive one-out doubles and Bryce Massanari had a two-out
RBI single as the Bulldogs pushed their lead to 6-0.
Lipscomb got on the scoreboard in the third as
Branden Cadavid singled, moved to third on a one-out double by
Jorge Gutierrez and came home on a groundout by Allen Bolden to
make it 6-1.
Massanari hit his 10th home run in the
fourth, a two-run shot that extended the lead to 8-1. With three
in the game, Massanari continues to lead the team with 26
The Bisons got their second run in the fourth as
Blake Bratcher had a leadoff double to left, moved to third on a
base hit by Justin Sanders and came home on a sacrifice fly by
Poythress’ three-run homer capped a four-run
fifth as the Bulldogs extended their lead to 12-2.
LU added a run in the fifth as Ben Williams had a
leadoff double and scored on a base hit by Allen Bolden to make
Jack Crane added a two-run single in the ninth
for the Bulldogs.
The last Bulldog to get five hits in a game was
Joey Lewis against Kentucky in 2007.
Lipscomb surrendered a season-high 21 hits. The
previous high was 17 against Stetson on April 6.