Aggie Baseball Drops Season Opener to Oregon State
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  02/03/2005
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TEMPE, Ariz. Oregon State sophomore Dallas Buck tossed five brilliant innings of one-hit ball and struck out nine as Oregon State blew by the New Mexico State baseball, 19-0 at the 2005 Bob Schaefer Memorial Tournament in Tempe, Ariz. Thursday night.


Buck, who was a preseason All-America pick by Baseball America, came out and dominated the Aggies from the get go.  After allowing Aggie leadoff hitter Vince Rodden (Overland Park, Kan.) to reach base on a high chopper to short to begin the game, Buck settled down and allowed no other Aggies to record a hit.


The game, which had a run rule in place, ended after the top of the seventh inning.


With the loss the Aggies fall to 0-1 on the season and are now 2-5 all-time against Oregon State.  On opening day the Aggies are now 20-23 all-time on opening day, dating back to the 1962 season.


The Beavers, who erupted for eight runs on seven hits in the bottom of the second inning, were led on the night by first baseman Mitch Canham, who went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and four RBI.


The Aggies, who began the game fast as both Rodden and second baseman Jason Long (Midwest City, Okla.) reached base to lead off of the contest, but NMSU could not capitalize as second baseman Xardiel Cotto (El Paso) grounded into a double play.  The next batter, first baseman Luke Hopkins (Albuquerque/St. Pius X HS) struck out swinging to strand Rodden at third.


In the top of the second the Aggies, just like their opening turn at the late, were able to get two on with nobody out as seniors Mark Aranda (Albuquerque/El Paso CC)  and Emory Davies (Louisville, Ky.) both walked on eight straight pitches.  After the two leadoff walks, the OSU hurler settled down, striking out three of the next four Aggies to get out of the second inning unscaved.  Buck retired 13 of the next 14 batters in a row to help the Beavers to a lopsided win.


In the bottom of the third inning, the Beavers’ offense erupted for seven runs as 10 batters came to the plate in the frame.  After the bottom of the lineup loaded the bases, Beavers’ leadoff man Darwin Barney grounded out to second base to bring in the game’s first run as McFeely came home to score from third.


One bright stop for the Aggies was freshman Brian Sizemore (Henderson, Nev.), who came into the game in the bottom of the sixth and retired the Beavers in order, striking out one.  Sizemore began the inning by getting Anderson to ground out out, then McFeely threw out to right, and he ended the game by striking out Graham.

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