Buck's heroics on the mound boost Oregon State


CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Dallas Buck scattered eight hits across
eight innings to pitch fourth-ranked Oregon State to a 4-3 win over
No. 17 Stanford Saturday night in Game 1 of their matchup in the
Corvallis Super Regional.
Oregon State catcher Mitch Canham doubled in Bill Rowe for the
go-ahead run in the eighth and junior Kevin Gunderson set down the
Cardinal in the ninth for his 17th save.
Stanford junior Greg Reynolds (7-6), the No. 2 pick in the major
league draft, pitched into the eighth, striking out nine and
allowing seven hits. But the 6-foot-7 junior walked in one run and
balked in another.
Buck (12-2), a third-round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks,
struck out six and walked two.
The Beavers (43-14) can take the best-of-three series and
advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., with a win
Sunday. Oregon State, which beat Hawaii to advance out of the
Corvallis Regional, would be making its second trip in a row.
Oregon State went up in the first inning when Reynolds was
called for a balk, scoring Chris Kunda from third base. Jim
Rapoport hit a two-run homer in the third to give Stanford the
lead. But Reynolds got into trouble again in the bottom of the
inning, giving up an RBI single to Rowe and then walking in a run
with the bases loaded.
The Cardinal (33-26), defeated North Carolina State 17-7 in the
championship game of the Austin Regional last weekend. Stanford,
which made its last College World Series appearance in 2003,
earlier beat Texas, the tournament's No. 3 seed.
Oregon State swept Stanford in a three-game series in Corvallis
during the regular season, but the Cardinal rebounded to win nine
of their last 15 conference games.
Reynolds had pitched five complete games in his last six starts.
But he suffered control problems early and fell behind hitters.