Stanford To Begin Fall Practice On Saturday, October 12
Oct. 11, 2002
Stanford, Calif. - The 2003 Stanford Baseball team starts official fall team practice at Sunken Diamond on Saturday, October 12. The Cardinal, which has sent 59 players on to Major League Baseball, will host its annual Alumni Game during its fall practice session on Saturday, November 2 (12 pm, PT). Admission is free.
Stanford has reached the College World Series each of the last four years for the first time in school history and was the CWS runner-up in 2000 and 2001. Last season, the Cardinal finished with a 47-18 overall record and tied for third at the College World Series.
First Team All-American Sam Fuld (Jr., OF) leads the 2003 returnees after setting a new Stanford single-season for hits with 110 last year. Fuld was also an All-Pac-10 choice, pacing the regulars with a .375 batting average, while adding eight homers, 47 RBI and eight stolen bases. Ryan Garko (Sr., C, .314, 14 HR, 55 RBI, 2 SB) and Carlos Quentin (Jr., OF, .303, 12 HR, 54 RBI, 11 SB) also return after earning All-Pac-10 honors in 2002.Tim Cunningham (Sr., LHP, 10-3, 4.26, 112.0 IP, 67 SO) and John Hudgins (Jr., RHP, 10-1, 4.71, 105.0 IP, 62 SO) are back after earning honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors last season.
The 32-player roster includes a total of 14 returning letterwinners.
Stanford also features a large freshman class with 12 players joining the Cardinal in 2003. The group includes a pair of players drafted in the first five rounds of the 2002 MLB First-Year Player Draft in infielder John Mayberry (Seattle Mariners, first round) and left-handed pitcher Mark Romanczuk (Tampa Bay Devil Rays, fifth round).
Stanford will open its 2003 campaign at Santa Clara on Saturday, January 25, before the Broncos return the favor for Stanford's home opener the following day on Super Bowl Sunday, January 26. Stanford's 2003 schedule includes 34 home games and 23 contests against teams that participated in the 2002 NCAA Tournament, including a three-game series February 21-23 at defending national champion Texas.