<i>Collegiate Baseball</i> Ranks Stanford Sixth In 2005 Fabulous 40 Preseason Poll
Dec. 22, 2004
Tucson, Ariz. - Collegiate Baseball has released the first 2005 preseason poll and Stanford checks in at No. 6 on the publication's annual preseason list of the country's Fabulous 40. The trio of Jed Lowrie, John Mayberry, Jr. and Mark Romanczuk were also selected as 2005 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-Americans by the publication on Wednesday. Lowrie and Mayberry were both First Team choices, while Romanczuk was named Second Team.
'It's nice to be honored with a high ranking,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess on the preseason poll. 'But, it really doesn't mean that much at this point. We need to go on the field and prove that we deserve to be considered one of the best teams in the country.'
'All three of these players are deserving of this recognition as 2005 Preseason All-Americans,' added Marquess about his preseason All-American trio. 'They have been fantastic players during their first two collegiate seasons, and we are hoping for even bigger and better things from them in 2005.'
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 and was ranked ninth in the final polls by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.
Stanford's 33-player roster in 2005 features 23 players returning from last year's club, including 15 letterwinners and seven starters (three position players, four pitchers).
All told, Stanford has been involved 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), all in the last five seasons. The Cardinal has also won five NCAA Super Regional crowns and 20 conference championships (includes shared and Pac-10 Southern Division titles).
Lowrie is a coming off an outstanding 2004 campaign at Stanford when he was named a First Team All-American by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and Sports Weekly, while also earning Second Team All-American honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association and College Baseball Insider.com, as well as Third Team recognition by the NCBWA. Lowrie was also named the 2004 Pac-10 Player of the Year and was a member of the 2004 NCAA All-Regional squad last season. He led the Cardinal in nearly every offensive category a year ago, including batting average (.399, #1 Pac-10), homers (17, #1 Pac-10), RBI (68, #1T Pac-10), runs scored (72, #2 Pac-10), doubles (19, #3 Pac-10), triples (4, #6T Pac-10, shared team lead), total bases (171, #1 Pac-10), slugging percentage (.734, #1 Pac-10), on-base percentage (.505), bases on balls (50, #1 Pac-10) and multiple RBI games (19). He also ranked second on the team with 93 hits (#3 Pac-10) and 27 multiple-hit contests, while stealing six bases. Defensively, he made just 10 errors in his 282 defensive chances for a .965 fielding percentage while starting all 60 games at either second base (52) or shortstop (8). He also led the team and ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in assists with 180.
Mayberry was a First Team All-Pac-10 selection in 2004, ranking second on the club in homers (16, #2T Pac-10) and tied for second in RBI (62, #3T Pac-10), while finishing with a .333 batting average and making just three errors in 546 chances at first base for a .995 fielding percentage. Mayberry is also Stanford's active career leader in putouts (963), defensive chances (1008), double plays (73) and triple plays (2). Mayberry's previous national recognition prior to the 2005 season included a Second Team Preseason All-American choice by Baseball America in 2004 and 2003 Freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball after hitting .299 with five homers and 33 RBI as a rookie.
Romanczuk finished the 2004 season with an 11-3 record and a 4.31 ERA (#10 Pac-10), leading the team in wins (#2T Pac-10), strikeouts (94, #6T Pac-10) and innings pitched (108.2, #5 Pac-10) to earn Third Team Collegiate Baseball All-American and First Team All-Pac-10 honors to make him an all-league choice for the second consecutive campaign. He was also the team's co-leader with 17 starts (#4T Pac-10). Romanczuk was one of four national Freshman of the Year choices of Collegiate Baseball as a rookie in 2003, as well as a Freshman All-American (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball) and First Team All-Pac-10 choice. He was a Third Team Preseason All-American selection by both the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball prior to the 2004 campaign. Romanczuk's two-year career record of 23-5 on The Farm after two seasons leaves him just two wins shy of cracking into the team's all-time Top 10 list for victories and only 14 short of the school record of 37 currently held by Jeff Ballard (1982-85).
All three players also earned the same 2005 Preseason All-American honors from the NCBWA in November, while Lowrie and Mayberry are both on the Wallace Award Watch List for the Brooks Wallace Award given annually by the College Baseball Foundation to the national college baseball player of the year.
Stanford is scheduled to open its 2005 regular season by hosting Fresno State in a three-game non-conference series at Sunken Diamond from Friday-Sunday, January 28-30 (5 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm).
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