Sam Fuld And Mark Romanczuk Add To 2004 Preseason Honors
Dec. 19, 2003
Tucson, Ariz. - Stanford baseball players Sam Fuld (Sr., OF) and Mark Romanczuk (So., LHP) have added to their 2004 preseason honors by being named to the 2004 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American baseball teams announced Friday as selected by Collegiate Baseball. Fuld earned Second Team honors, while Romanczuk was a Third Team selection. Fuld had been named a First Team NCBWA Preseason All-American last month, while Romanczuk was a Third Team NCBWA choice.
'These two players are very deserving of their continued preseason recognition,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'We look forward to both of them being among our team leaders during the 2004 season.'
Fuld, a two-time All-American in 2001 and 2002, has a chance to break several of Stanford's career offensive records in his senior season. The three-time All-Pac-10 selection and three-year starter in centerfield for the Cardinal enters the 2004 campaign with a .350 career batting average and 288 hits. Last year, Fuld hit .321 with four homers, 35 RBI and 10 stolen bases, and also earned NCAA All-Regional recognition. He was drafted in the 24th round of the 2003 MLB First-Year Player Draft but did not sign a professional baseball contract and ended up having a fantastic summer in the Cape Cod League, hitting .361 and earning All-Cape Cod honors. In his All-American sophomore campaign, Fuld broke Stanford's single-season record and led the Pac-10 with 110 hits, while also pacing the club with a .375 batting average. He hit .357 as a freshman to earn Third Team All-American honors from the NCBWA. Fuld is also one of only two players in Stanford history (along with Ryan Garko) to have been named to the All-College World Series team twice, earning the honor in both 2001 and '02.
Romanczuk was 12-2 with a 4.01 ERA in his rookie collegiate campaign, winning his first 12 decisions and earning one of Collegiate Baseball's National Freshman of the Year honors as well as All-Pac-10 recognition. Romanczuk also picked up two complete games and a pair of saves, while striking out 80 batters in 112.1 innings.
Stanford has reached the College World Series for a school-record five consecutive seasons and has been the CWS runner-up in three of the last four years. Last year, the Cardinal finished the campaign with a 51-18 record after extending eventual CWS champion Rice to the final game of the inaugural best-of-three CWS Championship Series and playing in an NCAA record eight CWS contests. Stanford also won the outright Pac-10 title for the first time since 1999.
Stanford, ranked No. 6 in the nation in Collegiate Baseball's preseason Division I poll also released Friday, will open its 2004 campaign by hosting a three-game series versus 2003 CWS participant and preseason No. 8 Cal State Fullerton (Friday-Sunday, January 30-February 1).