Oregon State Picks Up First-Ever College World Series Victory
June 19, 2006
OMAHA, Neb. - Jonah Nickerson pitched seven strong innings and Oregon State survived anxious moments in the eighth and ninth to eliminate Georgia from the College World Series with a 5-3 victory on Monday.
Chris Kunda drove in two runs for the Beavers (45-15), who play Tuesday against the winner of Monday night's Rice-Miami matchup.
The Beavers, making their third CWS appearance, bounced back from Saturday's 11-1 loss to Miami to win for the first time in six CWS games. They had been outscored 46-13 in their five previous games in Omaha.
Georgia's loss means the Southeastern Conference was winless in the CWS for the first time since 1994, when Auburn and LSU went a combined 0-4.
Nickerson was solid in a 3-1 loss to Tulane in his CWS start a year ago, allowing two runs on seven hits in seven innings.
Nickerson (12-4) was rewarded for his seven innings of work this time.
Jonathan Wyatt's home run was the only hit he allowed the first four innings. Georgia (47-23) converted three hits into a run in the fifth.
Nickerson walked none and struck out three before turning the game over to Kevin Gunderson to start the eighth.
Gunderson, who earned his 18th save, gave up a two-out, RBI single to Bobby Felmy that pulled Georgia to 5-3. Then Gunderson got Josh Morris, the Bulldogs' career home run leader, to fly out to center to end the inning.
Matt Olson and Ryan Peisel reached in the ninth, but Gordon Beckham hit into a game-ending double play.
The Beavers scored on a sacrifice fly and a safety squeeze to lead 2-0 against Georgia starter Mickey Westphal (7-3). Wyatt homered for Georgia in the third to get within a run, but fourth-inning RBI singles by Kunda and Darwin Barney made it 4-1.
The Bulldogs got a run back in the fifth on Matthew Dunn's RBI single, but it was 5-2 in the top of the eighth after Shea McFeely doubled and scored on Mike Lissman's single.