Feb. 18, 2012
Athens, Ga. --- Pinch hitter Brett DeLoach delivered a two-out, two-run double for a 5-4 walk-off victory over Presbyterian Saturday at Foley Field.
Presbyterian (0-2) struck first in the second inning off back-to-back base hits by Brandon Paul and Billy Motroni and then a two-run single Jay Lizanich. After stealing second base, Lizanich plated the third run of the inning off another single by Tony Micklon. Senior Michael Palazzone escaped a bigger inning by striking out the last two batters to end the outburst.
Georgia (2-0) was held scoreless until the the 4th inning thanks to an effective outing by Presbyterian starter Chandler Knox who gave up two runs on six hits in 5.1 innings and was aided by solid defense behind him. After a Colby May walk and singles by Joey Delmonico and Curt Powell, Conor Welton's fielder's choice scored May and moved Delmonico to third. Senior Levi Hyams followed with a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Delmonico to make it 3-2.
Georgia went to its bullpen to start the fifth. The Blue Hose added a run off true freshman Jarrett Brown in his Bulldog debut for a 4-2 advantage. After Brown, Georgia junior Earl Daniels, redshirt freshman Ross Ripple, true freshman Luke Crumley and junior Blake Dietrich held Presbyterian scoreless for the remainder of the game.
In the bottom of the ninth, trailing 4-3, Georgia got it started with one out after Hyams was hit-by-pitch from Gabe Grammer. The Blue Hose senior started the game in centerfield and made three diving catches to thwart scoring chances earlier in the contest. Hyams advanced to second off of a bloop to right field by Kyle Farmer. Grammer retired freshman Hunter Cole on three pitches for the second out. Georgia turned to DeLoach. On an 0-1 count, the Bulldog junior crushed a line drive double into left-center, scoring Hyams and Farmer and giving the Bulldogs a win in walk-off fashion.
"It's a great feeling to get a big hit like that; I knew the guys were running on contact and when I saw it go in the gap, I knew we had a chance to win it," said DeLoach.
It was the first walk-off win for Georgia since the 2011 NCAA Corvallis (Ore.) Regional against No. 25 Creighton. On Sunday, Dieterich picked up the victory, going two innings and allowing just one hit while Grammer got the loss to fall to 0-1.
"It was shaping up to be a one-run game, and it feels a lot better to be on the winning side," said Georgia coach David Perno. "I told the guys that a lot of times your season is defined by one-run games, and it was good to win that first one. Presbyterian played well, and it was nice to see Brett come through. He struggle a bit Friday but came out early today and worked on some things, and he was ready when he got the call."
The series concludes Sunday with first pitch slated for 2 p.m.