Dawgs fall at Oregon State

PORTLAND, OR - The 12th-ranked Oregon State Beavers took advantage of three Bulldog errors for a 6-4 win Friday in front of a crowd of 7,456 at PGE Park.

The Beavers (2-2) erased a 3-1 deficit with four-run outburst in the fifth, capped by a three-run inside-the-park home run by designated hitter Jason Ogata (2-for-4, 3 RBI). Five of the six runs the Bulldogs (1-3) allowed were unearned.

Georgia third baseman Ryan Peisel led off the game with a triple and then scored on a groundout by second baseman Michael Demperio. However, the Beavers tied the game in their half of the first off Bulldog starter Trevor Holder. With one out, sophomore shortstop Joey Wong connected for his first career home run.

Georgia junior shortstop Gordon Beckham (3-for-5) lined a triple down the right field line to start the fourth. Then, he scored on a groundout by first baseman Rich Poythress. Sophomore catcher Joey Lewis (2-for-4, 2 RBI) followed with a blast to left field for his first home run of the year and a 3-1 lead.

In the fifth, the Beavers took advantage of a Peisel miscue to score four unearned runs on one hit, keyed by Ogata's shot down the right field line for a 5-3 advantage. It was the first inside-the-park home run against the Bulldogs since the 2001 College World Series when Tennessee's Chris Burke accomplished this rare feat. The inning began with Holder retiring the first OSU batter and then issued a walk to catcher Ryan Ortiz. Then, Peisel looked to force him at second on a grounder by Lonnie Lechelt but the throw was wide of the bag and sailed in to right field to put runners at the corners. Chris Hopkins' sacrifice fly brought the first run home and then Wong reached on a walk to bring up Ogata.

Mike Stutes (1-1) picked up the win, going 5.2 innings and allowing four runs on six hits with three walks and eight strikeouts. Holder dropped to 1-1, surrendering five runs (only one earned) on six hits in 4.2 innings. OSU freshman Kevin Rhoderick pitched the ninth for his first save.

"Last week, we made four errors and it led to seven unearned runs and tonight, we made three errors and we had five unearned runs," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We just have to get better because in four games, we've allowed five big innings and they started with either errors or walks. You're not going to beat a good team doing that especially on the road."

The start of Friday's game was delayed two hours due to rain. The series continues Saturday with first pitch slated for 4 p.m. ET.

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