Stanford Baseball Announces 2003 Team Awards
Nov. 22, 2003
PALO ALTO, CA - Stanford Baseball announced its 2003 team awards at its annual season-ending banquet on Friday. Ryan Garko earned the team's Most Valuable Player honors as well as the Jack Shepard Memorial Award, given annually to the player with the team's highest batting average. David O'Hagan was named the team's Most Improved Player, while Mark Romanczuk earned Most Valuable Freshman honors. John Hudgins captured the Bruce R. Cameron Memorial Award, presented annually to a player with outstanding proficiency in baseball, leadership and academic performance. Danny Putnam earned the Come Through Award, while Carlos Quentin and Tobin Swope shared Most Inspirational honors.
Garko, a senior catcher in 2003, was the Johnny Bench Award winner as the nation's top catcher last season. He was also the Co-Pac-10 Player of the Year, a First Team All-American, the Most Outstanding Player of an NCAA Regional and an All-College World Series selection. He hit a team-high .402 to become just the sixth Stanford player to ever bat over .400 in the season and the first since David McCarty hit .420 in 1991. Garko also finished the season with more homers (18) than strikeouts (17) and tied Stanford's single-season record with 92 RBI. In addition, he led the club in home runs (18), doubles (24, co-leader with Carlos Quentin), total bases (182), slugging percentage (.703), multiple-hit games (33), multiple-RBI games (27), sacrifice flies (8) and extra-base hits (42). Garko finished his Stanford career with a .350 batting average, 39 homers and 191 RBI in 218 games played and 198 starts. He also had 60 career doubles. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the third round of the 2003 MLB First-Year Player Draft last June and spent the summer of 2003 playing for the Single-A Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
As a junior relief pitcher in 2003, O'Hagan was 7-1 with three saves and a 4.89 ERA in 49.2 innings and a team-high 27 appearances, all out of the bullpen. O'Hagan threw 8.1 scoreless innings in four postseason appearances, striking out six and allowing just four hits. He earned the victory in Stanford's College World Series bracket clinching 7-5, 10-inning victory over Cal State Fullerton by tossing 4.1 scoreless innings.Romanczuk had one of the best seasons ever by a Stanford freshman in 2003 when he was 12-2 with a 4.01 ERA in his rookie collegiate campaign. Romanczuk won his first 12 decisions and earned one of Collegiate Baseball's National Freshman of the Year honors as well as All-Pac-10 recognition. He started 16 of the 23 games he pitched in, picking up two complete games and a pair of saves, while striking out 80 batters in 112.1 innings. In addition, he was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week on three occasions. He has been named a Third Team Preseason All-American by the NCBWA for the 2004 season.
Hudgins, who signed with the Texas Rangers last July after being selected by the organization in the third round of the 2003 MLB First-Year Player Draft, finished his junior season at Stanford in 2003 with a 14-3 record and a 2.99 ERA to earn Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year and Second Team All-American honors. Hudgins set Stanford's single-season record for innings pitched with 165.1 and tied for second on the school's all-time single-season win list, leading the Pac-10 in both categories. He also led the conference in strikeouts (143), starts (22), complete games (8), strikeouts looking (44) and opponents' batting average (.227). He was 3-0 with a complete game and a 1.88 ERA in three College World Series starts to become the first Stanford player to win the CWS Most Outstanding Player trophy since 1988 and just the third in school history. Hudgins was 5-0 in the 2003 postseason and won his final seven starts overall. He finished his collegiate career with a 25-9 record and a 3.75 ERA, striking out 255 batters in 316.2 innings.
Putnam had a breakout year as a sophomore outfielder in 2003, hitting .348 with 16 homers and 66 RBI to earn a spot on the All-Pac-10 squad. He also had a huge postseason, pacing the Cardinal with five homers and 21 RBI, while earning NCAA All-Regional honors. In addition, Putnam was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the first time in his career on March 4, 2003. He has been named as a Third-Team Preseason All-American by the NCBWA in 2004.
Quentin, who signed a professional baseball contract after being selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round of the 2003 MLB First-Year Player Draft last June, led the Cardinal with 105 hits in his junior season in 2003. He also flirted with the .400 mark for most of the year and finished the season with a .396 batting average, 12 homers, 64 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Quentin, who posted a 26-game hit streak during the season, was one of five finalists for the Golden Spikes Award given annually to the top amateur player in the nation and earned All-Pac-10 honors for the third straight season. He was also one of 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Smith Award. Quentin finished his collegiate career with a .350 batting average, 35 homers, 170 RBI and 26 stolen bases. He did not play professional baseball in the summer of 2003 while recovering from a shoulder injury but is expected to continue his baseball career in 2004.
Swope hit .263 with a homer, 30 RBI and nine stolen bases, while starting all 69 games in his first season as the team's starting shortstop in 2003. He finished his collegiate career with a .279 batting average, one homer, 35 RBI and 14 stolen bases.
Stanford has reached the College World Series for a school-record five consecutive seasons and has been the CWS runner-up in three of the last four years. Last year, the Cardinal finished the campaign with a 51-18 record after extending eventual CWS champion Rice to the final game of the inaugural best-of-three CWS Championship Series and playing in an NCAA record eight CWS contests. Stanford also won the outright Pac-10 title for the first time since 1999.
Stanford will open its 2004 campaign by hosting a three-game series versus 2003 CWS participant Cal State Fullerton (Friday-Sunday, January 30-February 1).
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