Danny Putnam And Mark Romanczuk Earn Spots On Team USA Roster
June 30, 2003
Durham, N.C. - Stanford sophomore outfielder Danny Putnam and freshman lefthanded pitcher Mark Romanczuk have earned spots on the final 20-player roster for the 2003 USA Baseball National Team. Putnam and Romanczuk are both on the USA Baseball National Team for the first time in their careers and become the 21st and 22nd Stanford players to participate with Team USA in the last 19 years, more than any other collegiate program in the nation.
Putnam and Romanczuk recently led the Cardinal to a runner-up finish at the 2003 College World Series. Stanford finished the 2003 season with a 51-18 overall record, tying for third on the school's all-time victory list, and won its first outright Pac-10 title since 1999 (Stanford shared the crown in 2000 with Arizona State and UCLA).
Putnam finished the 2003 campaign with a .348 batting average, 16 homers and 66 RBI. Putnam earned All-Pac-10, All-Regional and All-College World Series honors. He led the team in the postseason with five homers, nine extra-base hits and 21 RBI, while adding a .320 batting average, four doubles and a .700 slugging percentage. Putnam had one of the most memorable home runs in Stanford history when his two-run shot in the top of the 10th inning lifted Stanford to a 7-5 victory over Cal State Fullerton in a CWS bracket final on June 19.
Romanczuk had a phenomenal freshman campaign for the Cardinal, compiling a 12-2 record and a 4.01 ERA on his way to being named one of four Freshman Players of the Year by Collegiate Baseball, a Freshman All-American and an All-Pac-10 choice. Romanczuk opened the season by winning his first 12 decisions to make a run at becoming just the second Stanford pitcher to ever post an unbeaten campaign with eight or more decisions. He finished the season with 80 strikeouts and 112.1 innings pitched, ranking second on the team in both categories behind Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year and teammate John Hudgins.
Team USA opened its 2003 summer schedule with a 3-1 victory over the Arizona JC All-Stars on June 28 at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, Arizona. The team will continue its slate by opening a five-game series versus Japan on July 2 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina.
To follow Team USA throughout the summer of 2003, go to usabaseball.com.