Stanford Baseball Alumni Game Set For Sunday, October 17
Sept. 30, 2004
Stanford, Calif. -
Stanford Baseball will host its annual Alumni Game at Sunken Diamond on Sunday, October 17. An Old-Timers Game featuring a pair of Alumni teams with former Stanford players from the 1950's, 60's and '70's kick off the festivities at Noon. The 2005 Stanford Baseball team will take on a group of Cardinal Alumni from the 1970's through 2004 at 1:30 pm. Admission to the Alumni Game is free. Season ticket information for 2005 Stanford Baseball will be available and authentic Stanford Baseball jerseys for sale.
Among the Alumni expected to attend are former Major League Baseball players Tony Cogan, Jeffery Hammonds, A.J. Hinch, Jack McDowell, Harvey Shank, Sandy Vance and Paul Zuvella.
'The Alumni Game is always a wonderful event, a great day to have some fun and an excellent chance to welcome back some very special people who have meant so much to this program and Stanford University,' said Cardinal head baseball coach Mark Marquess. 'I am looking forward to this year's event and expect the Alumni to give our current team all it can handle.'
Stanford Baseball has produced some outstanding Alumni throughout the history of the program with 72 former Cardinal players moving on to Major League Baseball, including 11 that played in 'The Show' in 2004. A total of 41 former Stanford players participated in organized professional baseball in 2004.
Stanford has also been represented prominently in the First-Year MLB Player Draft of late with 15 first round or Compensation A draft picks in the last 18 years. Stanford was one player shy of a school record when 10 members of the 2004 Cardinal were selected in the draft last June.
Stanford had reached the College World Series for a school record five consecutive seasons (1999-2003) before its 2004 campaign ended with a pair of losses to Long Beach State in NCAA Regional action. Stanford still had an extremely successful season a year ago, winning its second consecutive outright Pac-10 title to give the Cardinal at least a share of a conference crown in six of the past eight campaigns. Stanford, who had entered the postseason as the nation's top-ranked team, finished the 2004 campaign with a 46-14 overall mark.
All told, Stanford has been in NCAA postseason play 25 times, including each of the past 11 seasons. Stanford has won a pair of national titles (1987, '88) in its 15 CWS appearances and been runners-up on three other occasions (2000, '01, '03). The Cardinal has also won five NCAA Super Regional crowns and 20 conference championships (includes shared and Pac-10 Southern Division titles).
Stanford is scheduled to open its 2005 regular season by hosting Fresno State in a three-game non-conference series from Friday-Sunday, January 28-30 (5 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm). The Cardinal will also host home games versus Kansas (February 11-13), USC (February 25-27, non-conference), California (March 4-6, non-conference), Pacific (March 19, March 29), Sacramento State (March 25), Santa Clara (April 5, May 10), Oregon State (April 8-10), San Francisco (April 12), Washington (April 22-24), UCLA (May 13-15), Saint Mary's (May 17) and 2004 CWS participant Arizona (May 20-22). Stanford's first six road games of the year will be at defending national champion Cal State Fullerton (February 4-6) and 2004 national runner-up Texas (February 18-20). The Cardinal will also be on the road in 2005 at Pacific (March 20), San Jose State (March 22), Sacramento State (March 26), Washington State (April 1-3), Santa Clara (April 26), Arizona State (April 15-17), UC Davis (May 2), Nevada (May 3), California (May 6-8) and USC (May 27-29). Stanford's 2005 slate includes 31 home games and 25 road contests.
Stanford's 34-player roster in 2005 features 24 players returning from last year's club, including 15 letterwinners and seven starters (three position players, four pitchers).
Stanford's returning starters include three juniors who played during the summer of 2004 with Team USA. Jed Lowrie was a First Team All-American and the Pac-10 Player of the Year last season, leading the Cardinal with a .399 batting average, 17 homers and 68 RBI. John Mayberry, Jr. earned First Team All-Pac-10 honors last season and finished with a .333 batting average, while ranking tied for second on the squad in both homers (16) and RBI (62). Mark Romanczuk was a First Team All-Pac-10 choice for the second consecutive season a year ago, going 11-3 with a 4.31 ERA and striking out 94 batters in 108.2 innings.
Junior infielder Chris Minaker (.270, 4 HR, 33 RBI) is the team's other returning position player starter. Junior righthander Jeff Gilmore (10-2, 4.43 ERA, 107.2 IP, 77 SO) was a full-time member of the team's starting pitching rotation last year, while sophomore lefthander Blake Holler (4-2, 4.34 ERA, 58.0 IP, 49 SO) and sophomore righty Matt Leva (6-2, 4.29 ERA, 35.2 IP, 19 SO) made nine and seven starts, respectively.
A total of 10 incoming freshmen will join the 2005 Cardinal, who lost 10 letterwinners and six starters from last year's team.
Marquess, who signed a five-year contract extension through the 2009 campaign earlier this month, will begin his 29th season at the helm of the Cardinal in 2005. He has led Stanford to two NCAA titles (1987, '88), three national runner-up finishes (2000, '01, '03), 13 College World Series appearances, five NCAA Super Regional victories, 11 Pac-10 championships and 22 NCAA Tournament showings in his first 28 campaigns. He has spent his entire collegiate coaching career at Stanford, amassing a 1190-565-5 (.678) overall record with a career victory total that ranks him ninth on the active win list for NCAA Division I collegiate baseball coaches and 16th on the all-time list. He needs just 10 more victories to become the 16th NCAA Division I collegiate baseball coach to pick up 1200 career wins.
The 2005 Stanford Baseball team will open four weeks of official team fall practice sessions on Friday, October 15.