John Mayberry, Jr. To Chat On Friday

March 4, 2005

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford junior first baseman John Mayberry, Jr. will chat live on this Friday, March 4 (12:30 pm, PT). The Mayberry chat is part of the network's launch of ESPNU, which will feature the best of college athletics.

Mayberry, a 2005 National Player of the Year candidate and First Team Preseason All-American, has a .311 batting average to go with three homers and 15 RBI this season. Defensively, he has a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 137 chances.

Last season, Mayberry hit .333 with 16 homers, 62 RBI and nine stolen bases to earn First Team All-Pac-10 honors. He ranked tied for second in the Pac-10 in homers and tied for third in RBI.

Mayberry was one of three Stanford players selected to the prestigious Team USA squad in the summer of 2004, helping lead the Americans to an 18-7 overall record and the FISU World University Baseball title. He finished with a .254 batting average, two homers, nine RBI and three stolen bases.

Mayberry began his Stanford career in 2003, choosing to play collegiate baseball despite being drafted in the first round (28th pick overall) of the 2002 First-Year MLB Player Draft. He was the highest 2002 draft pick to not sign a professional baseball contract and play collegiately.

No. 11 Stanford (9-6) hosts California (10-4) in a three-game non-conference series at Sunken Diamond this Friday-Sunday, March 4-6 (5 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm, PT). The Cardinal has a 16-game win streak over the Golden Bears dating back to the last California win in Berkeley on March 9, 2002. California will come into the series with a nine-game win streak.