Baseball Announces Team Awards For 2001 Season

Nov. 28, 2001

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford Baseball has announced its team awards for the 2001 season. Chris O'Riordan earned the club's top award as its Most Valuable Player. Other award winners included Ryan Garko (Most Improved, Jack Shepard Memorial Award - highest batting average), Jeff Bruksch and Jeremy Guthrie (Come Through Award), Mike Wodnicki (Most Inspirational), Carlos Quentin (Most Valuable Freshman), and Mike Gosling and J.D. Willcox (Bruce R. Cameron Award - outstanding proficiency in baseball, leadership and academic performance).

O'Riordan (Sr., 2B) was a First Team All-American and All-Pac-10 choice in 2001 after leading the Cardinal in nearly every offensive category, including hits (101), homers (12) and RBI (68). O'Riordan also ranked second on the club with a .359 batting average and started all 68 games at second base. He enters his senior season tied for first on Stanford's all-time batting average list (.362).

Garko (Jr., C) led the club in hitting with a .368 batting average after emerging as the team's starting catcher early in the 2001 season. He also had a huge post-season, hitting .409 with three homers and nine RBI in 12 games. Garko earned All-CWS honors and was named the Co-Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Regional. He also posted the team's longest hitting streak of the year when he hit safely in 21 straight games.

Bruksch (signed by the Oakland A's, RHP) spent most of last season in the team's starting rotation, posting a 9-3 record with a 3.18 ERA to earn honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors. He ranked second on the club in victories (9), strikeouts (107), innings pitched (124.1) and games started (17). Bruksch returned to his role as closer at the 2001 CWS and saved three games, tying a pair of CWS records for single-series saves (3) and career saves (4). Bruksch finished his career ranked third on Stanford's all-time save list (16) and co-holds the school's single-season save record with 13 as a sophomore.

Guthrie (Jr., RHP) earned Third Team All-American and honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors last year after emerging as the Cardinal's top starting pitcher. He led Stanford with 13 victories, ranking tied for seventh on the school's all-time single-season win list as he posted a 13-4 record and a 2.82 ERA. He paced the club in strikeouts (128), innings pitched (134.0) and games started (20), while co-leading the team with three complete games. Guthrie excelled in the NCAA Tournament with a 3-0 post-season mark. He also had a hot stretch from February 9-March 30, winning seven consecutive starts and posting a 1.38 ERA.

Wodnicki (signed by the St. Louis Cardinals, RHP) co-led the club with six saves and ranked tied for third with seven victories last year, in addition to leading the team with 28 appearances. He finished his career as Stanford's all-time record holder in won-loss percentage (.933, 14-1) and posted a career 4-0 post-season record.

Quentin (So., OF) earned Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Freshman All-American and First Team All-Pac-10 honors in his rookie collegiate season. He ranked second on the club behind O'Riordan with 11 homers and 52 RBI, while hitting at a .345 clip.

Gosling (signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks, LHP) posted a 7-3 mark and a 3.94 ERA last year, including a 7-0 record with a 2.82 ERA in six Pac-10 starts and eight appearances to earn honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors. He ranked third on the club in strikeouts (77) and innings pitched (82.1). Gosling finished his career ranked fourth on Stanford's all-time strikeout per nine innings list (9.91).

Willcox was the club's top relief pitcher in 2001, recording six saves to go with a 5-0 record and a team-low 2.06 ERA in 22 appearances.

The Cardinal, runners-up at the College World Series in each of the last two seasons, will open the 2002 campaign February 1-3 with a three-game series versus Cal State Fullerton at Sunken Diamond. Stanford's 2002 schedule includes nine games against teams that participated in the 2001 CWS and 28 of the club's 56 scheduled contests are versus teams that qualified for the 2001 NCAA Tournament.

Stanford's current roster consists of 31 players, including returning All-Americans in Fuld, Guthrie and O'Riordan. Stanford returns starters from every position and two starting pitchers with a total of 20 returning players and 11 newcomers.

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