<i>Baseball America</i> Names Jed Lowrie And John Mayberry, Jr. Preseason All-Americans
Jan. 6, 2005
Durham, N.C. - Baseball America released its 2005 Preseason All-American team on Thursday and Stanford Baseball players Jed Lowrie and John Mayberry, Jr. were among those named. Lowrie earned his third 2005 First Team Preseason All-American selection (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA), while Mayberry was a Second Team choice. Mayberry had previously picked up First Team honors the NCBWA and was also a Second Team pick of Collegiate Baseball. Both players are also on the Watch List for the Brooks Wallace Award given annually by the College Baseball Foundation to the top college baseball in the nation.
'Both of these players are deserving of the accolades they have received prior to this 2005 season,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. '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.'
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 with 180 assists.
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 has included a Second Team Preseason All-American selection by Baseball America in 2004, as well as 2003 Freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball after hitting .299 with five homers and 33 RBI as a rookie.
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).
Stanford, ranked No. 6 in preseason polls by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball 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).