Oregon State takes series with 5-4 win

PORTLAND, OR - The 12th-ranked Oregon State Beavers rallied for a 5-4 series-clinching win over Georgia Sunday in front of a Pac-10 regular season record crowd of 11,166 at PGE Park.

With two outs in the eighth and the score tied 4-all, a cross-up between Bulldog catcher Bryce Massanari and pitcher Dean Weaver led to a wild pitch that allowed John Wallace to score the go-ahead run for a 5-4 Beavers lead. Then in the top of the ninth, freshman Kevin Rhoderick notched his second save of the series. OSU improves to 3-3 while Georgia falls to 2-4.

With two outs in the first, junior shortstop Gordon Beckham (3-for-4, 2 HRs, 3 RBI) gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead with towering blast out of the park for his second home run of the year. Then in the bottom of the frame, Beckham helped the Bulldogs escape a bases-loaded, nobody out jam when he started a double play on a grounder headed up the middle. He flipped it from his glove to Michael Demperio who barehanded it and completed the turn to Rich Poythress at first. Then, Bulldog junior Nathan Moreau got Jordan Lennerton to pop out to keep it a 1-1 contest.

Demperio led off the fourth inning with a base hit and Beckham followed with a two-run blast over the 405 sign in centerfield for a 3-1 advantage. Before Sunday, Beckham was the last Bulldog to homer twice in a contest, doing it against Furman last March. Poythress smashed his second home run of the season in the sixth, a two-out, solo shot to make it 4-1.

In the bottom of the sixth, second baseman Jason Ogata led off with a solo home run and after a base hit and a sacrifice bunt by the Beavers, Georgia turned to sophomore Dean Weaver in relief of Nathan Moreau. A passed ball on Massanari moved Daniel Robertson to third and then Beckham made a nice play in shallow centerfield for the second out and keep Robertson at third. Weaver then struck out Drew to keep it 4-2 Bulldogs. However in the seventh, OSU got to Weaver as Joey Wong's run scoring double and then a two-out, run-scoring single by Ogata tied it up at 4-all.

OSU reliever Mark Grbavac picked up the win as four Beaver hurlers combined to strike out 11 Bulldogs. Weaver got the loss to fall to 0-1, allowing three runs on three hits in 2.1 innings.

"We didn't generate enough offense other than the home runs, and I thought Nathan pitched well," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We had a bad weekend with all the strikeouts, and we'll address that. We're playing pretty good, we just don't have a good record now because we've faced two real good teams. The Pac-10 has not been kind to us.

"Gordon continues to play exceptionally well. It's a wonderful luxury to know you're going to have the best shortstop out on the field every game. He's fun to coach, and we have to get guys on in front of him, and he'll have 100 RBI."

Georgia returns to action Wednesday when it plays host to Jacksonville State. First pitch at Foley Field will be at 5 p.m.

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