Three Beavers On Sports Weekly All-America Baseball Team

May 25, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Three players from No. 4 Oregon State have been named to the USA Today Sports Weekly All-America team. Dallas Buck was a first-team pick as a starting pitcher, while second team spots went to outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and starting pitcher Jonah Nickerson.

Buck (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS), Ellsbury (Madras, Ore./Madras HS) and Nickerson (Oregon City, Ore./Oregon City HS) were three key players in helping Oregon State (41-9 overall, 19-5 Pacific-10) to at least a share of the Pac-10 championship. The Beavers are idle until the NCAA Regionals that will be played June 3-6, but OSU will play a scrimmage under game conditions on Friday at 5 p.m. at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field; following the scrimmage, fans are welcome to meet OSU's players, get autographs and have pictures taken with the players.

Buck, a sophomore righthander, outdueled fellow Roger Clemens Award semifinalist Ian Kennedy of Southern California on May 20 by allowing one hit through eight scoreless innings to match with Kennedy's seven scoreless innings. The previous week he matched up against another Clemens semifinalist, Washington's Tim Lincecum. Both carried no-hitters into the sixth, but it was Buck's three-hit shutout that won the game.

Buck has an 11-1 record this season, tying him for second place on OSU's all-time list of single-season wins leaders. Buck leads the Pac-10 in wins, earned run average (1.93) and innings pitched (107). He is also second in the conference in opposing batting average (.187) and fifth in strikeouts (109).

Ellsbury, a junior, finished the regular season batting .415 with 17 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 42 RBIs. He has only 14 strikeouts all season to go with a .504 on-base percentage. He's also 21-for-29 in steals and an outstanding defensive centerfielder.

Nickerson, a sophomore righthander, led the Pac-10 in ERA much of this season before suffering his first loss of the season last weekend against Southern California; Nickerson had allowed only 12 earned runs in his first 82 1/3 innings . He finished the regular season 8-1 with a 2.13 ERA and 96 strikeouts.

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