Buck Throws Three-Hitter At Washington

May 13, 2005

SEATTLE, Wash. - Dallas Buck pitched a three-hitter as No. 6 Oregon State beat Washington 7-0 in Pacific-10 baseball Friday night at Husky Ballpark. The Beavers (38-7 overall, 15-4 Pacific-10) won their sixth straight game and now are one game ahead of idle Arizona at the top of the Pac-10 standings.

Buck moved onto OSU's single-season top-10 lists for wins and strikeouts, earning a tie for eighth place with his 10th win and taking over fifth place with his 102 strikeouts. It was the first complete-game shutout by a Beaver since Scott Nicholson blanked Southern California 6-0 on May 19, 2001.

The Beavers and Huskies (27-19, 7-9) continue their series Saturday at 1 p.m. and conclude it Sunday at 1 p.m.. Both games can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240).

Friday night's series-opener was matchup between Buck, named the nation's top pitcher at midseason by Baseball America magazine, and Tim Lincecum, named both the Pac-10's Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year last season. Both took no-hitters into the sixth inning as the first five frames were completed in a brisk 1 hour, 19 minutes.

'It was awesome,' Buck said of the duel with Lincecum. 'He pitched great. He made one or two bad pitches and we got a couple runs, but other than that, he pitched a gem, too. It was just a good baseball game, all around.'

Buck walked four Huskies and struck out eight as he improved his record to 10-1. He retired the first seven hitters he faced and 10 of the first 11; he didn't allow a hit until Taylor Johnson poked an opposite-field single to left to lead off the sixth inning.

'He pitched very well tonight,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said of Buck, who won for his third straight start. 'He changed his workout routine a few weeks ago and it's paying off. He had great movement, great command and pitched his tail off. If you don't pitch well early, when their guy is pitching that well, it changes the game. It allowed us to clean up some mistakes we'd made offensively. That's as good as I've seen him throw since he first came out this season against New Mexico State (on Feb. 3).'

Added OSU catcher Mitch Canham: 'He comes out pitching well every time - his stuff is always dirty. He was almost at the top of his game, but I know he's got better stuff than that, too. When he's really pitching, he can shut down anybody.'

Buck had a one-hitter going into the ninth inning but Matt Hague led off with an infield single and then Kyle Larsen singled up the middle with one out. The next hitter, Nick Batkoski, drove the ball off Buck's foot but he chased it down and threw to first for the out; he then waved off Casey and trainer Matt Toth.

'It hurt a little bit, but I wasn't going to show him - he probably would have pulled me,' said Buck, who pitched the second complete game of his career.

Andy Jenkins was 3-for-5 for the Beavers and Darwin Barney was 2-for-4, and both drove in two runs. Tyler Graham extended his hitting streak to six games with a single to lead off the ninth inning.

Lincecum didn't allow a hit until OSU broke up the double no-hitter with Barney's infield single to the left side leading off the top of the sixth. Jenkins followed with another single but the Beavers couldn't score in the inning.

The Beavers broke through in the top of the seventh inning as Mike Lissman led off with a single through the right side and Ryan Gipson drew a four-pitch walk to take the Beavers back to the top of the order with none out, then Jacoby Ellsbury also drew a walk to load the bases. Lincecum got Tyler Graham to pop out, but Barney then lofted a sacrifice fly to right to plate Lissman with the game's first run and also send Gipson to third.

With runners at the corners and two out for Jenkins, the Beavers started Ellsbury from first and Jenkins lined a ball into right-centerfield. Gipson scored easily from third and Ellsbury was able to come all the way around from first to give OSU a 3-0 lead.

'We got our runners started and that really helped, then Andy Jenkins came up with a big hit,' Casey said.

Lincecum went seven innings, allowing the three runs on four hits and eight walks while striking out nine. The Beavers tacked on four more runs in the top of the ninth on five hits and a walk, getting a two-run single by Canham, a run-scoring single by Barney and a sacrifice fly from Chris Kunda.

OSU had opportunities in the first six innings, leaving seven runners on base and three of those were stranded at third. Washington's biggest threat during that time came in the fourth as it loaded the bases with two out on two walks and an error, but Buck got Nick Batkoski to ground out to end the inning with the game still scoreless.

NO. 6 OREGON STATE 7, WASHINGTON 0

Oregon State  000 000 304 - 7 10 1Washington    000 000 000 - 0  3 0

Buck and Canham. Lincecum, McKerney (8), Conover (9) and Dunn. W-Buck (10-1). L-Lincecum (6-6).

HITS: Oregon State 10 (Graham 1x5, Barney 2x4, Jenkins 3x5, Canham 1x5, McFeely 1x5, Lissman 1x3, Gipson 1x1), Washington 3 (Johnson 1x4, Hague 1x3, Larsen 1x3). RUNS BATTED IN: Oregon State 7 (Barney 2, Jenkins 2, Canham 2, Kunda 1), Washington 0.

Oregon State 7 (37-8,15-4 Pac-10)             Washington 0 (27-19,7-9 Pac-10)

Player AB R H BI Player AB R H BI--------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------Jacoby Ellsbury cf......... 3 1 0 0 Brent Lillibridge ss....... 4 0 0 0Tyler Graham lf............ 5 1 1 0 Taylor Johnson cf.......... 4 0 1 0Darwin Barney ss........... 4 1 2 2 Zach Clem lf............... 3 0 0 0Andy Jenkins 1b............ 5 1 3 2 Matt Hague rf.............. 3 0 1 0Cole Gillespie dh.......... 1 1 0 0 Curt Rindal dh............. 4 0 0 0Mitch Canham c............. 5 0 1 2 Kyle Larsen 1b............. 3 0 1 0Shea McFeely 3b............ 5 0 1 0 Nick Batkoski 3b........... 4 0 0 0Mike Lissman rf............ 3 1 1 0 Joey Dunn c................ 2 0 0 0 Danny Anderson rf......... 0 0 0 0 Cory Rickard ph........... 0 0 0 0 Geoff Wagner ph........... 1 0 0 0 Mike Rundle 2b............. 3 0 0 0 Chris Campos rf........... 0 0 0 0 Matt Lane ph.............. 1 0 0 0Ryan Gipson 2b............. 1 1 1 0 Tim Lincecum p............. 0 0 0 0 Chris Kunda 2b............ 0 0 0 1 Brandon McKerney p........ 0 0 0 0Dallas Buck p.............. 0 0 0 0 Josh Conover p............ 0 0 0 0Totals..................... 33 7 10 7 Totals..................... 31 0 3 0

Score by Innings R H E-------------------------------------------Oregon State........ 000 000 304 - 7 10 1Washington.......... 000 000 000 - 0 3 0-------------------------------------------

E - McFeely. LOB - Oregon St. 12; Washington 9. HBP - Ellsbury; Dunn. SH - Gipson.SF - Barney; Kunda. SB - Graham; Gillespie; Johnson.

Oregon State IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Dallas Buck W,10-1........ 9.0 3 0 0 4 8

Washington IP H R ER BB SO------------------------------------------------Tim Lincecum L,6-6........ 7.0 4 3 3 8 9Brandon McKerney .......... 1.0 4 4 4 1 1Josh Conover .............. 1.0 2 0 0 0 1

WP - Lincecum. HBP - by Buck (Dunn); by McKerney (Ellsbury). PB - Dunn 3.

Umpires - HP: Chuck Lyon 1B: Dick Flaherty 3B: Kevin GillmoreStart: 6:32 pm Time: 2:55 Attendance: 1135

McKerney faced 4 batters in the 9th.

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