Stanford Announces 2005 Team Awards At Annual Banquet Friday

Nov. 19, 2005

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford Baseball announced its 2005 team awards at its annual season-ending banquet held at the Sheraton Hotel on Friday. Jeff Gilmore earned the highest honor as the club's Most Valuable Player, while Adam Sorgi picked up a pair with Co-Most Inspirational and Jack Shepard Memorial Award honors, the latter given annually to the player with the highest batting average on the club. John Hester added a share of the team's Most Improved Player honor, while Michael Taylor was Stanford's Most Valuable Freshman. The team's other three awards went to Jed Lowrie (Come Through Award), Cameron Matthews (Most Inspirational Player) and Mark Romanczuk (Bruce R. Cameron Memorial Award ... presented annually to a player with outstanding proficiency in baseball, leadership and academic performance).

'We are very proud of the accomplishments of all of these players,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'They are very deserving of this recognition and all of them have made tremendous contributions to Stanford Baseball.'

Gilmore earned All-Pac-10 honors in 2005, going 10-3 with a 3.76 ERA and striking out 80 in a team-high 117.1 innings on the hill. He was fifth in the Pac-10 in ERA and tied for fifth in victories, leading the team in both categories for pitchers with at least one inning per team game pitched. He paced the squad with three complete games and also pitched in two combined shutouts, while co-leading the team with 17 starts and appearing in 18 contests. Gilmore signed a professional baseball contract with Seattle after being selected in the 31st round of the 2005 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Mariners.

Sorgi had a breakout season for the Cardinal, leading the club with a .322 batting average and 77 hits while contributing five homers, 41 RBI and three stolen bases to earn honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors. He started all 59 games.

Hester started and played in 58 of 59 games, hitting .282 with five homers and 41 RBI while going a perfect 7-for-7 on the base paths to earn honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors. He was drafted in the 34th round of the 2005 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Boston Red Sox but did not sign a professional baseball contract and is scheduled to return for his senior season on The Farm in 2006.

Taylor was impressive in his rookie collegiate campaign, hitting .289 with four homers, 28 RBI and nine stolen bases. He became the first Stanford player to hit for a cycle since 1998 when he pulled off the feat versus San Jose State (April 19), going 4-for-4 with three RBI to tie career-highs in both hits and runs batted in while hitting his first collegiate home run. Taylor played in all 59 games with 58 starts.

Lowrie was named a First Team All-American by Sports Weekly and picked up All-Pac-10 honors, both for the second consecutive season. He led the Cardinal with 14 homers (#5T Pac-10) and 66 RBI (#5 Pac-10), while adding five stolen bases in 59 games played (all starts). He was also the team's leader in total bases (133, #9 Pac-10), slugging percentage (.594, #6 Pac-10), bases on balls (41, #5 Pac-10), on-base percentage (.416), sacrifice flies (10, #1 Pac-10) and defensive assists (170, #4 Pac-10). Defensively, he made just six errors in 295 chances for a .980 fielding percentage. Lowrie signed a professional baseball contract with Boston after being selected by the Red Sox as a Compensation A choice (45th pick overall) in the 2005 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Matthews got in 13 games with one start in his second season on the roster after spending two years as a student manager. He contributed three stolen bases, a pair of runs scored and a walk.

Romanczuk picked up honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors, going 5-6 with a 4.24 ERA and striking out a team-high 83 batters in 108.1 innings. He posted the team's only complete game shutout of the season in one of the two contests that he went the distance and also combined on another shutout, while co-leading the team with 17 starts in his 18 appearances. Romanczuk signed a professional baseball contract with Arizona after being drafted by the Diamondbacks in the fourth round.

Stanford will open its 2006 season with a three-game home series versus Cal State Fullerton from February 3-5, marking the latest the Cardinal has opened a campaign since the first season of Marquess' head coaching term in 1977.

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