Originally created 06/20/06

Magic ends for Bulldogs



OMAHA, Neb. - The two-hopper off Gordon Beckham's bat helped Darwin Barney show that Oregon State was the fittest for survival Monday.

The Beavers' shortstop stopped Georgia's ninth-inning rally and ended the Bulldogs' season with a double play to seal a 5-3 win at the 60th College World Series.

No matter how hard Ryan Peisel ran to second, and no matter how desperately Beckham chugged down the first-base line, Georgia's fate was sealed. The Bulldogs' five-game streak of holding off elimination in the NCAA Tournament ended.

"I knew when it was over, it wasn't going to be easy because we lose so many guys," Georgia coach David Perno said. "We lose so much of our heart and soul."

Oregon State (45-15) won its first CWS game in six tries and advanced to take on Miami, which lost 3-2 to Rice on Monday night. Georgia (47-23) joined Georgia Tech as the first two teams eliminated from the eight-team tournament.

"I was just trying to get ahead," Oregon State closer Kevin Gunderson said. "I threw a two-seam fastball on the outer half. Once I saw it heading to Darwin, I knew we had it."

Georgia coach David Perno moved Beckham from the No. 3 spot in the lineup, where he had batted 30 consecutive games, to the No. 8 hole. Perno said there was no temptation to pinch-hit for the freshman, who entered the game 8-for-36 with 13 strikeouts in the NCAA Tournament.

Matt Olson got his second hit of the day with one out in the ninth and was replaced by pinch-runner Kyle Keen. Peisel then singled to bring up Beckham.

"Beckham was struggling, but we were hoping for a big hit out of him," Georgia starter Mickey Westphal said. "In the future, he's going to be that guy."

In Westphal's last outing, he gave up four home runs to South Carolina in the super regional, but Oregon State's small ball attack got the job done.

Oregon State scored four of five runners in scoring position against Westphal using bunts and sacrifice flies, a squeeze play, a stolen base, a double and a timely single.