Buck Continues To Impress At USA Baseball National Team Trials

June 26, 2004

DURHAM, N.C. (www.USABaseball.com) -- Arizona State sophomore outfielder Travis Buck went 1-for-1 with three-run home run to lead the 2004 USA Baseball National Team to a 13-4 victory over Canada Friday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Buck (Richland, Wash.) is now 2-for-2 with five RBI and has reached base in all six of his plate appearances in the National Team Trials.

Nebraska All-American third baseman Alex Gordon (So., Lincoln, Neb.) went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run and three RBI Outfielder Travis and shortstop Chris Valaika (Fr., UC Santa Barbara, Sunnyvale, Calif.) also homered in the lopsided win to run Team USA's win streak to three games.

The third game of the six-game Friendship series with Canada is part of the trials week for the 2004 USA Baseball National Team. The current 36-player trials roster will be trimmed to 22 and announced on June 27 for the remainder of the summer season schedule that includes trips to Japan and Taiwan.

Starting pitcher Mark Romanczuk (So., Stanford, Newark, Del.) allowed one unearned run in three innings to give Team USA its third straight victory over the Canadians. Romanczuk, who is a two-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection and has 23 wins in his Stanford career, improved to 6-0 in the Red, White and Blue of Team USA. The left-hander was 5-0 with a 0.75 ERA for the National Team last summer that won a silver medal in the Pan Am Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

North Carolina freshman Daniel Bard (Charlotte, N.C.) worked two scoreless innings, running his fastball to as high as 97 mph on the radar gun. NC State reliever Joey Devine (So., Junction City, Kan.) worked a perfect ninth inning to nail down the victory. The Americans has their streak of 24.0 innings without giving up an earned run snapped in the seventh inning. USA also had a string of 13.2 hitless innings snapped in the first inning.

Gordon also scored three runs to lead USA's 14-hit attack at the plate. In three games, the National Team is averaging 10.3 runs per game and has hit six home runs. Stanford second baseman Jed Lowrie (So., Salem, Ore.) went 2-for-4 with a double to notch USA's only other multi-hit game. Buck continued his solid showing at the Trails, going 1-for-1 with a three-run, opposite field home run off Snorting Bull in left field and also reached base on a hit-by-pitch. The first-team All-Pac-10 selection has reached base in all six of his at-bats for Team USA.

Canada starting pitcher Charles Tasiaux gave up five hits and six runs and walked six in four innings to take the loss. Designated hitter Dave Barr led Canada going 2-for-3 with a run scored.

After giving up an unearned run in the top of the first, Team USA came back with two runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 2-1 lead. Gordon started the scoring with a two-out single to right field to score Tyler Greene (So., Georgia Tech, Plantation, Fla.) from second base. Designated hitter Brian Bogusevic (So., Tulane, Oak Lawn, Ill.) plated Gordon with the second run on a towering double off the Blue Monster in left field.

Team USA added another run in the second to extend the lead to 3-1. Right fielder Brad Corley (So., Mississippi State, Louisville, Ky.) led off the frame with a single up the middle, stole second and third base and advanced home on a throwing error by the Canadian catcher.

After another run in the third, Gordon clubbed a two-run home run over the left-center field fence to stake USA to the 6-1 lead. Gordon was named the Big 12 Player of the Year and a consensus first-team All-American after hitting .365 with 18 home runs and 75 RBI for the Huskers.

After a scoreless fifth inning, the Red, White and Blue put another dent in the scoreboard with two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Pinch-hitter Chris Valaika (Fr., UC Santa Barbara, Sunnyvale, Calif.) hit a solo home run and Lowrie laced a run-scoring double down the right field.

Canada cut into USA's seven-run lead with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh. Shortstop Matt Calcagni drove in both runs with a bases loaded single to center field off reliever Bogusevic. First baseman Marc-Andre Charbonneau also hit a solo home run in the eighth inning off USA reliever Blair Erickson (Fr., UC Irvine, Fair Oaks, Calif.) for Canada's first extra base hit of the series.

Team USA and Canada will finish up the four-game series in Durham tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. RHP Stephen Kahn (So., Loyola Marymount, Anaheim, Calif.) or LHP Stephen Head (So., Ole Miss, Raymond, Miss.) is schedule to start on the mound. USA and Canada will also play Sunday (June 27) in Aberdeen, Md., at Ripken Stadium (4:05 p.m. EST) and on Tuesday (June 29) at Coastal Federal Field in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Game Notes: The USA Baseball National Team is now 46-9 against Canada since 1987 and has won 12 of the last 15 dating back to 1998... Team USA scored 11 of their 13 runs with two outs... USA was 8-for-9 stealing bases tonight (two short of single-game record) and is 14-for-15 in the last two games... Georgia Tech sophomore Tyler Greene leads the team with four stolen bases... Team USA has hit six home runs in the three games, with all six coming by different players... all 10 relief pitchers that have seen action in the three games have retired the first batter they have faced... Travis Buck leads the team hitting 1.000 (2-for-2, 2 R, HR, 5 RBI) and Trevor Crowe (Arizona) is 4-for-7 (.571) with a double, triple and three RBI.





Box score (NCAA)

                        2004 USA Baseball National Team                          Canada at USA National Team                      Jun 25, 2004 at Durham, N.C. (DBAP)

Canada 4 (0-3)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB------------------------------------------------------Jeff Tobin rf............ 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 2Vince Ircandia 2b........ 3 1 0 0 1 2 2 3 0M. Charbonneau 1b........ 4 1 1 1 0 1 6 0 0Adam Campbell cf......... 3 0 0 1 0 0 3 1 0Dave Barr dh/lf.......... 3 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 Dustin Bissonnette ss... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0Kyle Mace c.............. 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 1Charlie Strandlund 3b/p.. 3 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0Steve Coates lf/rf....... 3 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0Matt Calcagni ss/3b...... 3 0 1 2 0 0 2 3 0Charles Tasiaux p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 Daniel Nauth p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Scott Robinson p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0Totals................... 30 4 5 4 2 8 24 11 4

USA National Team 13 (3-0)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB------------------------------------------------------Clete Thomas lf.......... 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 Jason Donald ph/3b...... 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0Tyler Greene ss.......... 2 2 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 Chris Valaika ph/ss..... 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 1Stephen Head 1b.......... 4 1 1 0 0 1 10 0 0 Craig Stinson ph/c...... 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 1Alex Gordon 3b........... 2 3 2 3 2 0 0 2 0 Trevor Crowe cf......... 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0Brian Bogusevic dh/p..... 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 Troy Tulowitzki ph/dh... 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0Jed Lowrie 2b............ 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 4 1 Ryan Zimmerman ph/3b.... 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0Brad Corley rf........... 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 John Mayberry Jr. rf.... 3 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 2Jeff Clement c........... 2 0 0 0 1 1 3 1 0 Brett Hayes c/1b........ 2 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 0Jacoby Ellsbury cf....... 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 Travis Buck ph/lf....... 1 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0Mark Romanczuk p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Daniel Bard p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 Blair Erickson p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Joey Devine p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Totals................... 36 13 14 10 9 4 27 11 10

Score by Innings R H E-------------------------------------------Canada.............. 100 000 210 - 4 5 4USA National Team... 211 202 14X - 13 14 1-------------------------------------------

E - Tobin(1); Barr(1); Mace(1); Calcagni(1); Head(1). DP - Team USA 1. LOB -Canada 4; Team USA 10. 2B - Head(1); Crowe(1); Bogusevic(1); Lowrie(1). HR -Charbonneau(1); Valaika(1); Gordon(1); Buck(1). HBP - Barr; Coates; Corley;Buck. SF - Campbell(1). SB - Thomas(2); Greene(4); Gordon(1); Lowrie(1);Corley 2(2); Ellsbury(1); Buck(1). CS - Barr(1); Thomas(1).

Canada IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP--------------------------------------------------Charles Tasiaux..... 4.0 5 6 5 6 1 16 23 87Daniel Nauth........ 1.1 3 2 2 1 1 7 8 28Scott Robinson...... 1.2 2 1 0 0 1 7 8 22Charlie Strandlund.. 1.0 4 4 4 2 1 6 8 29

USA National Team IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP--------------------------------------------------Mark Romanczuk...... 3.0 1 1 0 1 3 9 11 42Daniel Bard......... 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 6 8 29Brian Bogusevic..... 2.0 3 2 2 1 2 8 9 38Blair Erickson...... 1.0 1 1 1 0 2 4 4 20Joey Devine......... 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 3 3 8

Win - Romanczuk (1-0). Loss - Tasiaux (0-1). Save - None.WP - Tasiaux 2(2). HBP - by Tasiaux (Corley); by Bard (Barr); by Bard (Coates);by Robinson (Buck). BK - Bogusevic(1). PB - Mace(1). Inherited runners/scored:Robinson 2/1. Pitches/strikes: Tasiaux 87/41; Nauth 28/15; Robinson 22/14;Strandlund 29/15; Romanczuk 42/28; Bard 29/18; Bogusevic 38/22; Erickson 20/12;Devine 8/6.Umpires - HP: Greg Street 1B: Tom Baldinelli 3B: Andy CookStart: 7:06 PM Time: 2:47 Attendance: 2382Game notes:ID-261920Game: 04USA03




Play-by-Play

                        2004 USA Baseball National Team                   Canada at USA National Team - Play-by-Play                      Jun 25, 2004 at Durham, N.C. (DBAP)

Score by Innings R H E-------------------------------------------Canada.............. 100 000 210 - 4 5 4USA National Team... 211 202 14X - 13 14 1-------------------------------------------

Canada starters: 6/rf Tobin; 41/2b Ircandia; 11/1b Charbonneau; 14/cf Campbell;18/dh Barr; 12/c Mace; 15/3b Strandlund; 25/lf Coates; 35/ss Calcagni; 47/p Tasiaux;USA National Team starters: 3/lf Thomas; 5/ss Greene; 18/1b Head; 44/3b Gordon;28/dh Bogusevic; 6/2b Lowrie; 26/rf Corley; 24/c Clement; 2/cf Ellsbury; 21/pRomanczuk;

Canada 1st - Tobin struck out swinging (2-2). Ircandia walked (3-2).Charbonneau reached on a fielder's choice to first base (2-2); Ircandia advanced tosecond on a throwing error by 1b, advanced to third. Campbell flied out to rf, SF,RBI (1-2); Ircandia scored, unearned. Barr singled to center field (0-0);Charbonneau advanced to third. Barr out at second c to ss, caught stealing. 1run, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.

USA National Team 1st - Thomas walked (3-0). Thomas stole second. Thomas outat third p to 3b, caught stealing. Greene walked (3-2). Greene advanced to second ona wild pitch. Head flied out to cf (2-0). Gordon singled to right field, RBI,advanced to second on a fielding error by rf (1-1); Greene scored. Bogusevic doubledto left center, RBI (0-0); Gordon scored. Lowrie lined out to lf (1-0). 2 runs, 2hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Canada 2nd - Mace struck out swinging (2-2). Strandlund grounded out to 1bunassisted (1-2). Coates flied out to lf (1-0). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0LOB.

USA National Team 2nd - Corley singled up the middle (1-1). Clement flied outto rf (1-0). Corley stole second. Ellsbury walked (3-2). Thomas flied out to rf(3-1). Ellsbury stole second; Corley stole third, scored on a throwing error by c,unearned. Greene grounded out to ss (2-0). 1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Canada 3rd - Calcagni popped up to 1b (0-0). Tobin grounded out to ss (1-0).Ircandia struck out looking (0-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

USA National Team 3rd - Head grounded out to 2b (2-2). Gordon walked (3-2).Gordon stole second. Bogusevic walked (3-2). Lowrie flied out to lf to left center(1-0). Corley hit by pitch (0-0); Bogusevic advanced to second; Gordon advanced tothird. Corley advanced to second on a passed ball; Bogusevic advanced to third on apassed ball; Gordon scored on a passed ball. Clement walked (3-2). Ellsbury reachedon a fielder's choice to shortstop (0-0); Clement out at second ss to 2b. 1 run,0 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

Canada 4th - Bard to p for Romanczuk. Charbonneau grounded out to 3b (3-2).Campbell grounded out to 2b (1-2). Barr hit by pitch (1-2). Mace flied out to lf(2-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

USA National Team 4th - Thomas flied out to lf (3-2). Greene singled to thirdbase, bunt (0-0). Greene stole second. Greene advanced to third on a wild pitch.Head struck out swinging (2-2). Gordon homered to left center, 2 RBI (1-1); Greenescored. Bogusevic grounded out to ss (1-1). 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Canada 5th - Mayberry Jr. to rf for Corley. Strandlund grounded out to p(0-0). Coates hit by pitch (2-2). Calcagni grounded out to 2b (0-1); Coates advancedto second. Tobin grounded out to 2b (0-0). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

USA National Team 5th - Nauth to p for Tasiaux. Lowrie singled to right field(3-1). Lowrie stole second. Mayberry Jr. flied out to rf (2-1); Lowrie advanced tothird. Clement struck out swinging (0-2). Ellsbury popped up to 2b (1-1). 0 runs,1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Canada 6th - Bogusevic to p. Hayes to c for Clement. / for Bard. Ircandiagrounded out to 3b (1-1). Charbonneau struck out looking (3-2). Campbell flied outto rf (0-1). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

USA National Team 6th - Thomas flied out to cf (3-2). Valaika pinch hit forGreene. Valaika homered to left field, RBI (0-1). Head doubled down the rf line(0-0). Gordon walked (3-0). Robinson to p for Nauth. Bogusevic reached on afielder's choice to second base (0-0); Gordon out at second 2b to ss; Head advancedto third. Lowrie doubled down the rf line, RBI (0-1); Bogusevic advanced to third;Head scored. Mayberry Jr. grounded out to 3b (0-0). 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2LOB.

Canada 7th - Valaika to ss. Barr singled to third base (3-2). Mace struck outswinging (1-2). Barr advanced to second on a balk. Strandlund walked (3-1). Coatessingled through the right side (1-1); Strandlund advanced to second; Barr advancedto third. Calcagni singled to center field, 2 RBI (1-2); Coates advanced to second;Strandlund scored; Barr scored. Tobin grounded into double play ss to 2b to 1b(2-2); Calcagni out on the play. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

USA National Team 7th - Hayes singled to right field (1-0). Buck pinch hitfor Ellsbury. Hayes out at first p to 1b, picked off. Buck hit by pitch (1-2).Donald pinch hit for Thomas. Buck stole second. Donald grounded out to 2b (2-0).Valaika reached on a throwing error by ss (1-1); Buck scored, unearned. Stinsonpinch hit for Head. Stinson struck out looking (2-2). 1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, 1LOB.

Canada 8th - Donald to 3b. Stinson to c. Crowe to cf for Gordon. Bogusevic todh. Hayes to 1b. Buck to lf. Erickson to p. Ircandia struck out swinging (2-2).Charbonneau homered to left field, RBI (2-0). Campbell fouled out to c (2-1). Barrstruck out swinging (2-2). 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

USA National Team 8th - Bissonnette to ss for Barr. Strandlund to p. Calcagnito 3b. Bissonnette to ss for Tobin. Barr to lf for Bissonnette. Coates to rf. / forRobinson. Crowe doubled to right center, out at third cf to ss to 3b (1-1).Tulowitzki pinch hit for Bogusevic. Tulowitzki singled to left center, advanced tosecond on a fielding error by lf (2-0). Zimmerman pinch hit for Lowrie. Zimmermanwalked (3-0). Mayberry Jr. singled to center field, RBI (2-0); Zimmerman advanced tothird; Tulowitzki scored. Hayes struck out swinging (0-2). Buck homered to leftfield, 3 RBI (1-0); Mayberry Jr. scored; Zimmerman scored. Donald walked (3-2).Valaika flied out to cf (0-1). 4 runs, 4 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Canada 9th - Donald to 2b. Tulowitzki to dh. Zimmerman to 3b. Devine to p forErickson. Mace flied out to cf (0-1). Strandlund struck out swinging (0-2). Coatesgrounded out to ss (2-0). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.




Line score

USA National Team 13, Canada 4 (Jun 25, 2004 at Durham, N.C.)----------------------------------------------------------------------Canada.............. 100 000 210 - 4 5 4 (0-3)USA National Team... 211 202 14X - 13 14 1 (3-0)----------------------------------------------------------------------Pitchers: Canada - Tasiaux; Nauth(5); Robinson(6); Strandlund(8). USA National Team -Romanczuk; Bard(4); Bogusevic(6); Erickson(8); Devine(9).Win-Romanczuk(1-0) Loss-Tasiaux(0-1) T-2:47 A-2382HR CANADA - Charbonneau (1).HR USA - Valaika (1); Gordon (1); Buck (1).

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