Schlander Named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year; Kiilsgaard and Storen Earn First Team All-Conference Honors

May 27, 2009

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STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford sophomore shortstop Jake Schlander was named the 2009 Pacific-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year, as Commissioner Tom Hansen announced the league's end-of-season awards today. The awards, along with the 2009 All-Pac-10 team and those student-athletes given honorable mention, were determined by a vote of the league's coaches.

Sophomore outfielder Kellen Kiilsgaard earned his first career All-Pac-10 nod, while sophomore right-hander Drew Storen was tabbed for the second straight year. Six Cardinal players were given honorable mention recognition: senior outfielder Joey August, senior right-hander Max Fearnow, junior outfielder Toby Gerhart, senior first baseman Brent Milleville, freshman left-hander Brett Mooneyham and sophomore second baseman Colin Walsh.

Schlander has started at shortstop for all 127 of the Cardinal's games during his collegiate career, becoming the first Stanford shortstop to accomplish the feat since games played became an officially kept statistic in 1960. The Scottsdale, Ariz. native posted a .965 fielding percentage in 2009, committing just nine errors in 245 total chances. A shortstop with tremendous range and a quick, accurate arm, Schlander was errorless in 47 of Stanford's 55 contests - including errorless streaks of 14 and 13 games, respectively. Schlander finished the regular season ranked second in the Pac-10 with 167 assists, while he also had a hand in 27 double plays. He also helped anchor a Cardinal defense that committed the fewest errors of any Stanford team since 1958 (49), while posting a league-best .977 fielding percentage. Offensively, Schlander batted .232 with 12 doubles, one triple, one home run and 22 RBI.

A year after receiving just three at-bats as a freshman, Kiilsgaard burst upon the scene as a bona fide middle of the order threat during his sophomore campaign. The Auburn, Wash. native settled in as Stanford's starting right fielder within the season's first week and proceeded to hit .313 with a team-high 14 doubles, one triple, nine home runs, 46 RBI, a .527 slugging percentage and a .411 on-base mark. He finished the regular season tied for ninth in the Pac-10 in RBI and tied for 10th in doubles, while the clutch player hit at a robust .352 clip with runners in scoring position.


Kellen Kiilsgaard


Storen followed his 2008 freshman All-America season with an electric 2009 campaign, as the Cardinal closer became the first Stanford pitcher to lead the team in both wins and saves since future major leaguer Jeff Ballard did so in 1984. Storen also paced the club in ERA and games pitched, going 7-1 with seven saves and a 3.80 ERA in 28 relief appearances. The Brownsburg, Ind. native finished the regular season ranked among the Pac-10 leaders for games finished (3rd - 21), appearances (t-5th), saves (t-6th) and wins (t-7th), while his five saves in conference games tied for the league's third-highest total. The dominating right-hander compiled 66 strikeouts in just 42.2 innings of work, while issuing only eight walks for an astounding 8.3:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He also held opponents to a paltry .210 batting average - including a .188 mark against right-handed hitters.


Drew Storen


August earned Pac-10 honorable mention honors for the second time after hitting over .300 for the third consecutive year. The senior from Salem, Ore. batted .304 and tied for sixth in the conference with a career-high 70 hits, while also setting career standards with 13 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 36 RBI. He hit safely in 41 of his 54 games, while he also lifted his game another notch in clutch situations, batting .387 with runners in scoring position. An excellent defensive center fielder, August was one of 10 qualifying players to post a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in Pac-10 games.


Joey August


Fearnow was given all-conference recognition for the first time, earning honorable mention for his excellent work out of the Stanford bullpen. The senior from Omaha, Neb. moved to the `pen in early March and was among the Pac-10's best pitchers from that point forward, going 4-1 with a 3.16 ERA in 18 relief appearances. The right-hander limited opponents to a .236 batting average, while he logged eight outings of at least 3.0 innings. Fearnow also ranked third on the Cardinal staff with a 3.32 ERA over eight conference appearances.


Max Fearnow


After setting Stanford's single-season rushing record with 1,136 yards in 2008, Gerhart earned his first all-conference recognition in baseball. The Norco, Calif. native received honorable mention accolades after a productive junior season in which he set career highs for games (55), batting average (.288), hits (57), doubles (12), triples (2), home runs (7), RBI (35), on-base percentage (.392) and steals (7). He tied for ninth in the Pac-10 with a career-best 46 runs scored, while tying for third with five sacrifice files. Gerhart batted .307 in conference games, and hit at a .322 clip with all seven homers and 32 RBI over his final 40 contests overall.


Toby Gerhart


Milleville was named Pac-10 honorable mention for the second consecutive season, as the Stanford first baseman was again amongst the league's top run-producers. The senior from Wichita, Kan. finished the regular season ranked fourth in the Pac-10 with a career-high 14 home runs, sixth with 52 RBI and ninth with a career-best .568 slugging percentage. Milleville also set career standards with a .306 batting average and 56 hits, while his seven homers in conference games ranked third in the league. Also a solid defensive first baseman, he posted a .992 fielding percentage while leading the Pac-10 in putouts (479) and ranking second for chances (500) and tied for second by participating in 39 double plays.


Brent Milleville


Mooneyham, who was on the ballot for Freshman of the Year honors, emerged as one of the Pac-10's best starters during a stellar debut collegiate season. The native of Atwater, Calif. earned a full-time spot in the Stanford rotation beginning with the first conference series, while finishing the year with an overall 6-3 record, 4.14 ERA and one complete game in 13 appearances (11 starts). Mooneyham finished fifth in the Pac-10 by holding opponents to a .204 batting average, was tied for ninth in wins and ranked fourth with 29 of staff-high 72 strikeouts coming on called third strikes. He also tied for the second-fewest hits allowed (26), while yielding the seventh-fewest runs (34) and the ninth-fewest earned runs (31). The southpaw went 5-2 with a 3.66 ERA in nine Pac-10 starts, while ranking among conference leaders for: opponents' batting average (3rd - .180), wins (t-5th) and strikeouts (8th - 57). Through May 19, Mooneyham's average of 6.15 hits allowed per 9.0 innings ranked sixth among all NCAA Division I pitchers.


Brett Mooneyham


Walsh was the epitome of a leadoff hitter for Stanford, reaching base safely via hit, walk or hit-by-pitch in 48 of his 54 games, 48 of his 52 starts and 45 of his 47 starts when batting atop the Cardinal lineup. The sophomore from La Jolla, Calif. earned honorable mention accolades for the first time after finishing the regular season with a Pac-10-best 51 walks (10th in the country through May 19) and a Stanford-high .320 batting average. He also ranked third in the conference with a .466 on-base percentage, while adding 44 runs, 62 hits, 11 doubles and 25 RBI. A solid defensive second baseman, Walsh posted a .980 fielding percentage - including a perfect 1.000 mark in conference games - and ranked sixth in the Pac-10 with 148 assists.


Colin Walsh


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