Ogata powers Beavers past Georgia
PORTLAND — Jason Ogata went 2-for-3, including a home run, and drove in a pair of runs to lead the Oregon State Beavers to a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the Georgia Bulldogs on Sunday.
Two-time defending national champion Oregon State (3-3) wrapped up the weekend by winning two of three games against the Bulldogs (2-4) at PGE Park.
Georgia reliever Dean Weaver's wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth allowed John Wallace to score from third and put the Beavers ahead 5-4.
Mark Grbavac (1-0) allowed one hit and struck out two in one inning of relief for the win. Kevin Rhoderick pitched the ninth for his second save.
"This game showed that we're going to get clutch hits and show heart at the plate and do whatever it takes to win," Ogata said.
Freshman right-hander Greg Peavey started Sunday for Oregon State, allowing four runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out seven.
Georgia went up in the top of the first inning on Gordon Beckham's solo home run. The Beavers evened it in the bottom half when Joey Wong scored on Daniel Robertson's double-play grounder.
Beckham added a two-run home run in the fourth inning to put the Bulldogs up 3-1. The junior shortstop, who led his team with 13 home runs and 51 RBI last year, has three homers so far this season.
"I'm just glad we don't have to see him any more," Oregon State coach Pat Casey said about Beckham. "Somebody else can deal with him. He'll be at the next level because that guy can play.
Ogata homered for Oregon State in the bottom half of the sixth inning. Ogata has hit safely in all six of the Beavers' games this season.
Joey Wong's run-scoring double to deep left narrowed it for the Beavers, before Ogata's RBI single to right tied the game at 4 in the seventh inning.
Casey said he was looking for more from this season's team.
"We've played very average so far," Casey said. "If we're going to be a good baseball club, we're going to have to do a lot of little things right.
Sunday's game drew 11,166 fans, a Pacific-10 Conference record for a non-College World Series game. The three-game series drew 29,332.
"There were so many fans here supporting us this weekend," Ogata said. "We fed off their energy. We really needed the win today and I'm glad we got it."