USC's Sharpe, Oregon State's Buck Earn Pac-10 Baseball Player/Pitcher of the Week Honors
May 17, 2005
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - USC junior shortstop Blake Sharpe has been named Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week and OREGON STATE sophomore righthanded pitcher Dallas Buck has been named Pitcher of the Week for May 10-16, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Sharpe, from Moorpark, Calif., went 9-for-13 (.692) with a triple, home run and seven RBI in three games against Washington State last week. He went 4-for-4 as the leadoff hitter with a home run and career-high five RBI on May 14, reaching safely on all six of his plate appearances. Sharpe helped the Trojans score a season-high eight runs in the first inning, which took 42 minutes to complete. He is batting .301 on the season with three home runs and 28 RBI.
Buck, from Newberg, Ore., pitched a three-hit shutout as the Beavers beat Washington 7-0 on May 13, walking four and striking out eight as he improved his record to 10-1. The game was a duel between Buck, named the nation's top pitcher at midseason by Baseball America magazine, and Tim Lincecum, the 2004 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year. Both took no-hitters into the sixth inning as the first five frames were completed in a brisk one hour and 19 minutes. Buck retired the first seven hitters he faced and 10 of the first 11; he didn't allow a hit until UW's Taylor Johnson poked an opposite-field single to left to lead off the sixth inning. The effort earned Buck a place on OSU's list of single-season wins leaders, tying him for eighth, and moved him into fifth place on the Beavers' single-season strikeout list at 102.
The Player of the Week honor is the first of Sharpe's career, while it is the 51st such honor for USC. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the first for Buck and the 56th selection all-time for Oregon State.
Also nominated for Player of the Week: Jordan Brown, ARIZ; Mitch Canham, OSU; Jed Lowrie, STAN; Brady Everett, WSU.
Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week: Sean Rierson, ARIZ; Jeff Gilmore, STAN; Bryan Beck, UCLA; Ian Kennedy, USC.
2005 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 15 - Chris Errecart, CAL; Feb. 22 - Trevor Crowe, ARIZ; Mar. 1 - Travis Buck, ASU; Mar. 8 - Taylor Johnson, WASH; Mar. 15 - Brent Lillibridge, WASH; Mar. 22 - Jay Miller, WSU; Mar. 29 - Jordan Brown, ARIZ; Apr. 5 - Jed Lowrie, STAN; Apr. 12 - Jacoby Ellsbury, OSU; Apr. 19 - Travis Buck, ASU; Apr. 26 - Andy Jenkins, OSU; May 3 - Curt Rindal, WASH; May 10 - Trevor Crowe, ARIZ; May 17 - Blake Sharpe, USC.
2005 PAC-10 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 15 - Brant Rustich , UCLA; Feb. 22 - Anton Maxwell, OSU; Mar. 1 - Tim Lincecum, WASH; Mar. 8 - Mark Romanczuk, STAN; Mar. 15 - Mark Melancon, ARIZ; Mar. 22 - John Meloan, ARIZ; Mar. 29 - Pat Bresnehan, ASU; Apr. 5 - Kevin Guyette, ARIZ; Apr. 12 - Ian Kennedy, USC; Apr. 19 - Tim Lincecum, WASH; Apr. 26 - Eric Dworkis, CAL; May 3 - Ian Kennedy, USC; May 10 - Jeff Gilmore, STAN; May 17 - Dallas Buck, OSU.