June 9, 2013
Montgomery Blanks Tar Heels
By John Whittle
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - A day after an anemic
output with runners on base, South Carolina capitalized on its
run-scoring opportunities and got a dominating pitching
performance from Jordan Montgomery to defeat North Carolina 8-0
on Sunday afternoon to extend the Super Regional to a third and
For the first time in the Super Regional, a team
found a hot pitcher as Montgomery silenced the bats of the Tar
Heels (56-10), a team hitting .310 entering the weekend that had
not been shut out all season.
Montgomery threw a complete game shutout,
allowing four hits and one walk. He struck out three and moved
his team one game closer to the College World Series for the
fourth time in four seasons.
“I’ve seen him do it before in high school and
I’ve seen him do it before in Omaha, so I can’t say I’m
surprised,” South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook said.
“Jordan was incredible. To shut out a team like North Carolina,
that’s an awfully hard thing to do. He was terrific from pitch
The Gamecocks (43-19) were 3 for 17 with runners
in scoring position in a Game 1 loss but five different players
were able to drive in runs in the win-or-go-home game.
For the second straight day, the Gamecocks
roughed up North Carolina’s starting pitcher. Left-hander Hobbs
Johnson, who entered with a 4-0 record and 2.09 earned run
average, had the shortest start of his career after being
touched up for five runs in the second inning. He was pulled
from the game after recording just five outs.
Middle-of-the-order hitters Joey Pankake and LB
Dantzler both had two-RBI hits in the inning for South Carolina
to put their team on top early for the second straight day.
“That’s probably the hardest I’ve ever been hit
in my career,” Johnson said. “It was just terrible. Not
locating, balls up in the zone and against a good hitting team,
this is what’s going to happen. I didn’t make pitches I needed
to and didn’t locate in and out like I needed to.”
The Gamecocks had success against the UNC bullpen
as well, scoring a single run in the fourth and two more in the
fifth inning. The Tar Heels ran out six different pitchers in
the game but couldn’t find one who could pile up outs.
While UNC couldn’t get much going on the mound,
Montgomery continued to mow through the lineup. The Tar Heels
didn’t have a runner reach third base and only had four players
reach second base over the course of the game.
“Montgomery was sensational for them from the
first pitch to the very last one,” North Carolina head coach
Mike Fox said. “We couldn’t get anything going. I thought that
was the key to the game, just how well he pitched against us.”
North Carolina is the home team for Monday’s
decisive game by virtue of winning a coin flip. Freshman Jack
Wynkoop (7-3) will get the ball for the Gamecocks while the Tar
Heels will counter with sophomore Benton Moss (8-1). Game time
and station will be announced on Sunday night.