Baseball's Carlos Quentin Named Pac-10 Freshman Of The Year
May 21, 2001
Walnut Creek, Calif. - Stanford outfielder Carlos Quentin has been named the Pac-10 Conference Baseball Freshman of the Year, Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. Stanford junior second baseman Chris O'Riordan and freshman outfielder Sam Fuld were also named to the All-Pac-10 team for the first time. Arizona State senior catcher Casey Myers was named Player of the Year and USC junior pitcher Mark Prior earned Pitcher of the Year honors. California's David Esquer was selected as Coach of the Year.
Quentin has had a dynamic freshman season, hitting .352 and leading the Cardinal in home runs (11) and hit-by-pitches (12). Quentin also ranks second on the club in RBI (45), total bases (115), slugging percentage (.578) and runs scored (49). He finished the regular season on fire with seven multiple-hit games in his last 11 contests, going 20-for-45 (.444) with five doubles, four homers and 13 RBI during the stretch. Quentin ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in home runs and tied for fourth in hit-by-pitches.
O'Riordan leads or co-leads the Cardinal in 13 offensive categories, including batting average (.379), RBI (63), stolen bases (15), hits (88), runs scored (53), at bats (232), total bases (136), on base percentage (.449), sacrifice flies (7), doubles (14), bases on balls (28), multiple-hit games (27) and multiple-RBI games (16). O'Riordan hit .436 (41-94) with three homers and 29 RBI in 24 Pac-10 contests. He finished the regular season with a torrid eight-game hitting streak in which he hit .618 (21-34) with five doubles, a triple, two homers, nine RBI and 15 runs scored, as well as a 1.000 slugging percentage and seven multiple-hit games.
Fuld co-led the Cardinal in bases on balls (28), while ranking second in on base percentage (.437), tied for second in stolen bases (9) and fourth in batting average (.346). Fuld finished the season with a flurry, going 11-for-18 (.611) in his last four games with a pair of career-high-tying four-hit games.
'All three of the Stanford players that made the All-Pac-10 team had terrific seasons,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'They were all major contributors to the success our club had during the 2001 regular season.'
Five Stanford players - junior right-handed pitcher Jeff Bruksch (9-3, 2.93 ERA), junior shortstop Scott Dragicevich (.338, 5 HR, 32 RBI), sophomore catcher Ryan Garko (.357, 4 HR, 34 RBI), junior left-handed pitcher Mike Gosling (7-0, 3.17 ERA) and sophomore right-handed pitcher Jeremy Guthrie (10-4, 2.72 ERA) - earned honorable mention honors.
Stanford (42-14) begins post-season play by hosting Marist (32-19-1) in an NCAA Regional game at Stanford's Sunken Diamond this Friday, May 25 (7:00 p.m.). Long Beach State and Texas are also in the four-team regional that runs Friday-Sunday, May 25-27. The winner of the regional will advance to an NCAA Super Regional running Friday-Sunday, June 1-3.
The entire 2001 All-Pac-10 Baseball team can be found at www.pac-10.org.