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.
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