Buck Gets Ready to Face Baylor on Monday

June 19, 2005

OMAHA, Neb. - As the Oregon State and Baylor baseball teams look to keep their seasons alive on Monday in an elimination game, the two opponents have one other thing in common that will change after the game's end. One of the programs will earn its first-ever College World Series victory.

Oregon State (46-11) is 0-3 all-time at the CWS following Saturday's loss to Tulane, and Baylor (44-23) is 0-5 all-time a loss to Texas in the next game. The OSU-Baylor game is at 1 p.m. CT (11 a.m. PT) and will be shown on ESPN.

Sophomore All-American Dallas Buck will get the call for the Beavers. Instead of starting Saturday's opening game, he was granted two extra days off in order to get his normal period of rest.

'I feel fairly rested,' Buck said. 'I was a little sore this week, but I should be fine. I'll just treat it like any other game. We had a lot of other big games. It's different, but you can't treat it that way. I'll just try to make my pitches, and if I do that, I'll be fine.'

Facing the possible end of the season, OSU Coach Pat Casey is glad to have Buck on the mound.

'I expect him to go out and be the guy he is, to go out and throw strikes and keep the ball down,' Casey said. 'Hopefully he'll be on and won't allow any of the elements affect him. He has to come out and really attack them and be aggressive. I'm really glad that he had the extra rest.'

Said junior All-American Jacoby Ellsbury: 'We'll be ready to go. With Dallas Buck pitching, anytime you've got a pitcher of that caliber going, you feel confident going in.'

It will be the first meeting ever between OSU and Baylor, which is also making its first CWS appearance in a long time --1978.

'Obviously they're a pretty good club,' Casey said. 'Baylor is outstanding and they will run a good arm against us tomorrow.'

The Beavers know that they will need more production at the plate. They managed just one run and six hits in Saturday's loss to top-ranked Tulane.

'It was a tough loss, and there were two or three plays that could have swung the game either way,' Ellsbury said. 'I thought we played great defense and had great pitching, but we could have swung the bats a little better. We're not ready to go home. That's why it's a double-elimination tournament. We want to bounce back and win some games.'

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