Stanford No. 5 In 2005 NCBWA Preseason Poll

Jan. 26, 2005

Dallas, Tex. - Stanford is ranked fifth in the 2005 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason Poll released on Wednesday. Stanford ranks one spot higher to open the season in the NCBWA poll than the identical No. 6 ranking the Cardinal received in each of the other three major national polls released previously by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and Sports Weekly/ESPN. In addition, Stanford was picked to defend its two consecutive Pac-10 titles in a 2005 preseason poll of Pac-10 coaches released earlier this month.

'Although we continue to get lots of recognition in the preseason, the most important thing is obviously where you are at the end of the season,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'That is what we are focusing on, and we are excited to get started.'

Stanford opens its 2005 season with a three-game non-conference series versus Fresno State at Sunken Diamond this Friday-Sunday, January 28-30 (5 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm).

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, while checking in at No. 12 and No. 13 in the final NCBWA and Sports Weekly/ESPN polls, respectively.

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 NCBWA. 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.

Stanford has a total of 15 games on its 2005 schedule versus five of the 2005 NCBWA Preseason Poll's Top 15 clubs with three-game series slated at No. 1 Texas, at No. 2 Cal State Fullerton, at No. 9 Arizona State, versus No. 14 Arizona and against No. 15 Washington.

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