Stanford Ranks Sixth In <i>Sports Weekly</i>/ESPN Preseason College Baseball Coaches Poll

Jan. 19, 2005

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford is ranked sixth in the Sports Weekly/ESPN 2005 Preseason College Baseball Coaches Poll released on Wednesday. Stanford was also sixth in Baseball America's preseason Top 25 poll released earlier this month and Collegiate Baseball's annual preseason list of the country's Fabulous 40 announced in December. In addition, Stanford was picked to defend its two consecutive Pac-10 titles in a 2005 preseason poll of Pac-10 coaches released last Friday.

'It is nice that our team has received this much recognition in the preseason,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'But, the most important thing is where you are at the end of the season, and that is obviously what we are focusing on.'

Stanford is currently preparing for its 2005 season-opener versus Fresno State when the Bulldogs come to Sunken Diamond for a three-game non-conference series Friday-Sunday, January 28-30 (5 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm).

Stanford has games on its 2005 schedule versus five of the poll's Top 13 clubs in No. 1 Texas, No. 2 Cal State Fullerton, No. 9 Arizona State and a pair of teams tied for No. 12 in Arizona and Washington.

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.

The 2005 Cardinal features a trio of juniors that have earned Preseason All-Americans honors in second baseman Jed Lowrie, first baseman John Mayberry, Jr. and lefthanded pitcher Mark Romanczuk. Lowrie, a First Team All-American and the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2004, was a First Team pick of Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Mayberry was a First Team choice of Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA, as well as a Second Team selection by Baseball America. Romanczuk was a Second Team choice of both Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA. Lowrie and Mayberry are also both on the Wallace Watch List, an award given annually by the College Baseball Foundation to the nation's top collegiate baseball player in honor of Brooks Wallace.

Stanford's 33-player roster in 2005 features a total of 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 Regionals.

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