Three Baseball Players Earn First Team 2002 Preseason All-American Honors
Nov. 8, 2001
Stanford, Calif. - Three Stanford Baseball players have earned First Team NCBWA Preseason All-American honors for the 2002 season. Junior righthanded pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, senior second baseman Chris O'Riordan and sophomore outfielder Carlos Quentin all earned a spot on the squad, marking the first preseason All-American collegiate honors for each.
Guthrie earned Third Team All-American and honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors last year after emerging as the Cardinal's top starter. He led Stanford with 13 victories, ranking tied for seventh on the school's all-time single-season win list, posting a 13-4 record and a 2.82 ERA. He also paced the club in strikeouts (128), innings pitched (134.0) and games started (20), while co-leading the team with three complete games. Guthrie excelled in the NCAA Tournament with a 3-0 mark. He also had a hot stretch from February 9 - March 30, winning seven consecutive starts and posting a 1.38 ERA.
O'Riordan was a First Team All-American and All-Pac-10 choice in 2001 after leading the Cardinal in nearly every offensive category, including hits (101), homers (12) and RBI (68). O'Riordan also ranked second on the club with a .359 batting average and started all 68 games at second base. He enters his senior season tied for first on Stanford's all-time batting average list (.362).
Quentin earned Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Freshman All-American and First Team All-Pac honors in his rookie collegiate season. He ranked second on the club behind O'Riordan with 11 homers and 52 RBI, while hitting at a .345 clip.
The entire 2002 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason All-American team can be accessed at www.sportswriters.net/ncbwa.
The Cardinal, runners-up at the College World Series in each of the last two seasons, will open the 2002 campaign February 1-3 with a three-game series versus Cal State Fullerton at Sunken Diamond. Stanford's 2002 schedule includes nine games against teams that participated in the 2001 CWS and 28 of the club's 56 scheduled contests are versus teams that qualified for the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
Stanford's current roster consists of 31 players, including returning All-Americans Sam Fuld (So., OF), Guthrie (Jr., RHP) and O'Riordan (Sr., 2B). Ryan Garko (Jr., C) is also back after leading the Cardinal with a .368 batting average in 2001. Stanford returns starters from every position and two starting pitchers with a total of 21 returning players and 10 newcomers.