ATHENS, Ga. - Mickey Westphal gave Georgia just what it needed in the rain-delayed first round of the NCAA's Athens Regional.
Westphal pitched a three-hitter and the host Bulldogs blanked Sacred Heart 11-0 Saturday, finally get in a game that was postponed the previous night by stormy weather.
"Mickey was the man," coach David Perno said. "Not only was it a complete game, but a quick game. Our guys did not have to stand out in the sun."
It was the third complete game and second shutout of the season for Westphal (7-1), lasting just 1 hour, 58 minutes. The fifth-year senior had struggled in his final regular-season outing and in the Southeastern Conference tournament.
"I look back at the SEC, and everything was up," Westphal said. "I worked hard on keeping it down. I got great backing from my defense."
The Bulldogs (42-19) moved on to an evening game against Florida State (43-19), which completed an 18-0 rout of Jacksonville (42-19) in the morning. Sacred Heart (26-29) and Jacksonville faced off in an elimination game.
Jason Jacobs broke open a close game with a two-out, two-strike, bases-clearing double in the fifth inning. Georgia also got homers from Matt Olson, Gordon Beckham and Josh Morris.
The Bulldogs scored in the third on back-to-back doubles by Jonathan Wyatt and Joey Side. The Bulldogs added another run in the fourth on Ryan Peisel's two-out single.
The Pioneers were their own worst enemy in the fifth. Wyatt reached when catcher Josh Enos misplayed a popup in front of the plate, and Side followed with another double. Jay Monti walked the bases full before getting two outs, but Jacobs drove everyone home with a double down the left field line.
"In the playoffs, you need different guys picking you up," Perno said. "It looked like we were going to give that inning away. That was a big hit for Jason."
Olson followed with his first home run to knock Monti (8-5) out of the game. Not that he got much offensive help - the Pioneers didn't get anyone past first base.
"We came here to win," Monti said. "We played Manhattan this year, and they beat Nebraska. We were hoping to win."
Beckham added his 12th homer in the sixth off reliever George Lamar. Morris's 21st home run capped a three-run outburst in the eighth.
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