Stanford Ranked No. 3 In <i>Baseball America's</i> 2003 Preseason Poll
Jan. 2, 2003
Durham, NC - Stanford has been ranked No. 3 nationally in Baseball America's 2003 Preseason Poll released Thursday. The Cardinal has qualified for the College World Series for a school record four consecutive seasons and reached a CWS bracket final in 2002 after two straight years as the event's runners-up. A year ago, Stanford finished the season with a 47-18 overall record to pick up its eighth straight 40-win season and was 16-8 in the Pac-10. The Cardinal returns six position player starters and two of its three starting pitchers from last year's club.
Georgia Tech begins the season as Baseball America's top-ranked team, followed by No. 2 Rice, Stanford, No. 4 Florida State and No. 5 Texas to round out the top five.
Junior outfielders Carlos Quentin (First Team) and Sam Fuld (Third Team) both earned spots on the Baseball America's 2003 Preseason All-American Teams also released Thursday.
Quentin earned All-Pac-10 honors for the second straight year last season after contributing 12 homers, 54 RBI and 11 SB, while posting a .303 batting average. He also led the team in triples (4) and hit by pitches (19, #1 Pac-10), tying Stanford's single-season record in the latter. In addition, Quentin set a new NCAA single-game record when he was hit by five pitches at Florida State (2/9/02). He is Stanford's active career leader in home runs (23), RBI (106) and hit-by-pitches (33, co-leader with teammate Ryan Garko). He was also named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and earned Freshman All-American honors in his 2001 rookie campaign.
Fuld, a First Team All-American in 2002 and two-time All-Pac-10 choice, had a banner season last year by breaking Stanford's single-season school record with 110 hits (#1 Pac-10). In addition, he batted .375 (#3 Pac-10) with eight homers and 47 RBI. Fuld also led the team in doubles (20, #3 Pac-10), at bats (293, #1 Pac-10), total bases (162, #1 Pac-10), multiple-hit games (39), three-hit games (14) and four-hit games (3), while playing in all 65 games with 64 starts. He earned a spot on the 2002 All-College World Series team after leading the Cardinal with a .421 batting average and a team-high two homers in four CWS games, becoming the first Stanford player to ever be named twice to the All-CWS squad. He enters the 2003 season as Stanford's career batting average leader with a .367 all-time mark.
Stanford will open its 2003 regular season 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. Both games are scheduled to start at 1:00 pm. Stanford's 2003 schedule includes 18 contests against teams ranked among the top 13 squads by Baseball America in its 2003 preseason poll. The Cardinal has a three-game set scheduled at No. 13 Cal State Fullerton (January 31 - February 2) before hosting No. 4 Florida State (February 7-9). Stanford will then travel to defending national champion and No. 5 Texas (February 21-23). Stanford also has six games scheduled against No. 6 USC (February 28 - March 1, at Stanford; May 2-4, at USC), as well as a three-game series at No. 8 Arizona State (March 22-24).
2003 STANFORD BASEBALL PRESEASON SUMMARY