Dawgs even series with Oregon State

PORTLAND, OR - Georgia evened the series with 12th-ranked Oregon State by posting a 10-5 win Saturday in front of a Pac-10 record crowd of 10,710 at PGE Park.

The Bulldogs (2-3) chased Beaver starter Jorge Reyes in the first, scoring seven runs on seven hits off the 2007 College World Series Most Outstanding Player. Georgia batted around, and the scoring started with a two-run single by sophomore Rich Poythress (3-for-5, 2 RBI). Shortstop Gordon Beckham made it 3-0 when he scored on a wild pitch by Reyes. Later in the frame, designated hitter Bryce Massanari and Lyle Allen notched run-scoring singles. Then, third baseman Ryan Peisel, who began the game with a walk, delivered a two-run single in his second plate appearance for a 7-0 advantage. After a walk to Michael Demperio (2-for-4), Reyes was lifted in favor of left-hander Kraig Sitton who got the final out of the first with Georgia up 7-0.

Bulldog junior Stephen Dodson was the beneficiary of the run support as he picked up the victory to even his record at 1-1. Dodson tossed five innings and allowed three runs on three hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Sophomore left-hander Alex McRee pitched the next three frames and senior Joshua Fields came on to close it out in the ninth. After allowing a leadoff double to Garrett Nash (3-for-3, 2 RBI), Fields struck out the side. Fields now has pitched two scoreless innings this season with six strikeouts.

"We're coming together, I felt like we were close Friday, and today we looked much better," said Georgia coach David Perno. "Our pitching is going to make us tough, and the offense did a nice job today. We had a lot of good at bats, and our defense was much cleaner. Now, we have to follow it up with a good performance on Sunday."

The Beavers (2-3) got on the board in the second on a sacrifice fly by Nash (3-for-3, 2 RBI). In the fourth, the teams each scored two runs to make it 9-3. Georgia senior right fielder Matt Olson (2-for-5, 2 RBI) came through with a two-out, two-run single while the Beavers got a two-run home run from left fielder John Wallace. Reyes got the loss to fall to 1-1.

The final scoring of the contest came in the sixth. A sacrifice fly by Joey Lewis scored Beckham for a 10-3 lead. Oregon State scored two runs on four hits off of McRee. The start of the game was delayed 40 minutes by rain, and in the sixth, there was a 31-minute rain delay.

The series concludes Sunday with first pitch at 3 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised by Fox SportsNet-Northwest.

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