Buck Signs Letter Of Intent With Beavers

April 28, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Dallas Buck, ranked among the nation's top 50 high school baseball prospects by Baseball America magazine, has signed a letter of intent to attend Oregon State, OSU head coach Pat Casey announced Monday. Buck, a righthanded pitcher/shortstop from Newberg High in Newberg, Ore., could also play football for the Beavers.

'Dallas can come in and pitch and be an impact guy for us right away,' Casey said. 'I've also seen him play football, and he's got a chance to play two sports at the Division I level. He is a tremendous athlete. He's also a high-quality player from the state of Oregon, and that's just the sort of athlete and person we want to build our program around.'

This spring, Buck has 4-1 record and a 0.25 earned run average; the latest edition of Baseball America magazine rated him 46th on its list of the nation's top high school prospects.

'I really liked the coaches at Oregon State,' Buck said of his decision to sign with OSU. 'And it was one of the only big schools that said I could do both (play baseball and football).'

Buck was a first-team all-league defensive back and punter at Newberg last fall, and was honorable mention all-state as a punter. On offense, he was the Tigers' quarterback.

'In what I know of him, his athletic ability and physical size (6-foot-3, 195 pounds), we're looking forward to having him with us and working with him,' OSU football defensive coordinator Mark Banker said. 'He sounds like good athlete and a very talented baseball player.'

Buck is a four-sport athlete at Newberg. Playing wing, he was the league scoring leader in basketball this winter. As a junior last spring, he won the league title in the long jump and placed third in the high jump.

This spring, Buck opened league play with a no-hitter against Tigard, striking out 16; he also struck out 18 hitters in a win over Silverton. Last season, Buck was 2-3 with a 0.48 ERA in league games. After a slow start, Newberg won 13 straight as it advanced to the state championship game before losing.

'He's pretty good,' Newberg coach Scott Klug said. 'He's going to make a team better really fast. He's got three very good pitches, and he can throw all of them at any time. He's got a great body; he can only get bigger and stronger.'

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