Stanford Baseball Announces 2002 Team Awards
Dec. 9, 2002
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford Baseball announced its 2002 team awards at its recent season-ending banquet. Jeremy Guthrie earned the team's Most Valuable Player honor, while Sam Fuld picked up a pair of honors in the Jack Shepard Memorial Award (given annually to the player with the team's highest batting average) and the Come Through Award. Other award winners included Chris Carter (Most Valuable Freshman), Jason Cooper (Most Improved Player), Scott Dragicevich (Most Inspirational Player) and Chris O'Riordan (Bruce R. Cameron Memorial Award - given annually to a player with outstanding proficiency in baseball, leadership and academic performance. O'Riordan's team honor was the fourth of his career. He was also named Stanford's Most Valuable Player as a junior in 2001 after winning Most Improved honors and winning the Jack Shepard Memorial Award as a sophomore in 2000.
Guthrie (RHP -- Ashland, OR) was a Golden Spikes Award finalist, First Team All-All-American, Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year and All-Pac-10 choice in 2002 after posting a 13-2 record and a 2.51 ERA, while leading the conference in victories (13), innings pitched (157.2), strikeouts (136) and games started (20, co-leader). He broke Stanford's single-season record for innings pitched, while ranking sixth in strikeouts and tied for seventh in victories. Guthrie posted a 26-6 career record and a 2.65 ERA with 264 strikeouts in 291.2 innings pitched. He ranks eighth all-time at Stanford in victories (26) and is the only pitcher in Stanford history to record two or more 13-win seasons. He signed a Major League Baseball contract with the Cleveland Indians organization after being selected in the first round of the 2002 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Fuld (Jr., OF -- Durham, NH) earned First Team All-American, All-Pac-10 and All-College World Series honors in 2002 after breaking Stanford's school record with 110 hits, while batting .375 with eight homers and 47 RBI. After two seasons, he is Stanford's career batting average leader with a .367 all-time mark.
Carter (So., INF/OF/DH -- Walnut Creek, CA) emerged late in the 2002 campaign, leading all Stanford regulars in the post-season with a .375 batting average and adding five RBI. He also finished the campaign on an 11-game hit streak and hit eight homers in only 28 starts and 107 at bats, while contributing a .299 batting average.
Cooper (OF/DH - Moses Lake, WA) earned All-Pac-10 and All-Regional honors after leading the team in RBI (57) and slugging percentage (.611), while ranking second in homers (13) and third in batting average (.350). Cooper also posted the team's longest hit streak of the season at 15 games. He signed a professional contract with the Cleveland Indians organization after being selected in the third round of the 2002 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Dragicevich (INF - Westlake, CA) regained a starting spot in the lineup at third base after being replaced at shortstop midway through the season to help ignite the Cardinal's late run. He earned All-Regional honors and also was the team's second-leading hitter in Pac-10 action with a .387 conference batting average. Overall, Dragicevich finished second on the club with a .350 batting average and tied for second with 17 doubles. He signed a professional contract with the Toronto Blue Jays organization after being selected in the 36th round of the 2002 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
O'Riordan (INF - San Diego, CA) earned All-Pac-10 honors for the second straight year and was also named to the All-Regional team in 2002. He finished the season with a .332 batting average, while contributing 10 homers and 47 RBI. O'Riordan's completed his collegiate career ranked among Stanford's all-time leaders in batting average (.352, 7th), doubles (49, 9th-T) and hits (262, 10th), while starting his final 176 collegiate games at second base. He signed a professional contract with the Texas Rangers organization after being selected in the eighth round of the 2002 MLB First-Year Player Draft.