Jed Lowrie Named 2004 Pac-10 Player Of The Year
June 2, 2004
Walnut Creek, Calif. - Stanford sophomore second baseman Jed Lowrie (Salem, OR/North Salem HS) has been named the 2004 Pac-10 Player of the Year in a vote by the conference's baseball coaches. Lowrie became the eighth Stanford player to earn Pac-10 Player of the Year honors and the second in a row. Stanford also put a school record eight players on the All-Pac-10 team as Lowrie was joined by Jonny Ash, Brian Hall, Donny Lucy, John Mayberry, Jr., David O'Hagan, Danny Putnam and Mark Romanczuk. Putnam and Romanczuk were both honored for the second time, while the others were first-time choices.
'It hasn't really sunk in yet,' said Lowrie. 'It's one of the most respected awards in the nation, and I feel really honored to be able to represent my hometown and my home state in this way. Oregon is not known for its baseball but with five players from the state on the All-Pac-10 team, I feel like baseball in the state of Oregon is starting to get a little more respect.'
Washington right-handed pitcher Tim Lincecum earned both Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors. UCLA head coach Gary Adams, who will retire at the end of the season, was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
'Jed Lowrie has had a terrific season and is very deserving of this award,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'I'm also very happy that several other members of our team were recognized for the outstanding seasons that they had.'
Lowrie, previously named a First Team All-American by Sports Weekly and a candidate for National Player of the Year honors, leads the Cardinal in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.412, #2 Pac-10, #20 NCAA), homers (16, #1 Pac-10, #16 NCAA), RBI (63, #1 Pac-10, #15T NCAA), runs scored (63, #1T Pac-10, #10T NCAA), doubles (18, #3 Pac-10), triples (4, #5T Pac-10, co-team leader), total bases (154, #1 Pac-10), slugging percentage (.803, #1 Pac-10, #4 NCAA), on-base percentage (.512, #2 Pac-10), bases on balls (40, #5 Pac-10), sacrifice flies (5, co-team leader, #4T Pac-10) and multiple RBI games (18). He Also ranks second on the team with 80 hits (#3 Pac-10) and 24 multiple-hit contests, while stealing six bases. Defensively, he has made just seven errors in his 227 defensive chances for a .969 fielding percentage while starting all 50 games at either second base (42) or shortstop (8).
Ash (Sr., INF, Oakland, CA/Bishop O'Dowd HS) ranks third on the club with a .384 batting average, while hitting safely in 34 of the 40 games he has played in (missed 15 games due to an injury).
Hall (Sr., OF, Carlsbad, NM/Carlsbad HS) had a breakout year in 2004, leading the team with 13 stolen bases (#5 Pac-10), while sharing the team lead in triples (4, #5T Pac-10), ranking second in doubles (13), as well as fourth in RBI (52, #6T Pac-10) and batting average (.356, #8 Pac-10). Hall hit a team-high .447 in 24 Pac-10 games, adding five homers, 25 RBI and six stolen bases. Hall's season included a career-high 21-game hit streak (3/5 - 4/23). He also earned three national or regional honors (College Baseball Insider.com West Regional Player of the Week, Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week, NCBWA National Co-Hitter of the Week) after going 10-for-11 with two homers and eight RBI in a three-game series versus Washington State (4/30 - 5/2) and was named Pac-10 Player of the Week twice (4/13, 5/4).
Lucy (Jr., C, Fallbrook, CA/Fallbrook HS) has a .313 batting average with 11 homers, 44 RBI and five stolen bases, and has started 52 of Stanford's 56 games at catcher. He posted a career-high 15-game hit streak (3/28 - 4/30) that is tied for the second longest run by a Cardinal player this season.
Mayberry (So., 1B, Kansas City, MO/Rockhurst HS) ranks second on the club in stolen bases (9) and RBI (50, #3T Pac-10), as well as third in homers (14, #3 Pac-10) and slugging percentage (.611, #4 Pac-10), and fifth in batting average (.338). Mayberry has added a pair of two-homer games this season.
O'Hagan (Sr., RP, Wayzata, MN/Breck HS) has developed into one of the top pitchers in the country as he posted a 6-1 record with a team-leading six saves and a 2.62 ERA that would have lead the Pac-10 if he had 1.0 more innings pitched to meet the minimum qualifications of 1.0 innings pitched per team game played. He also co-led the team with 21 appearances, striking out 56 batters in 55.0 innings of work as opponents are hitting a team-low .188 against him that would also lead the Pac-10 if he had met the minimum inning qualification.
Putnam (Jr., OF, Escondido, CA/Rancho Bernardo HS) has had a monster season, leading the team in hits (90, #2 Pac-10), multiple-hit games (30), two-homer games (2) and triples (4, co-leader), while ranking second on the club in home runs (15, #2 Pac-10), batting average (.388, #3 Pac-10), runs scored (60, #6T Pac-10, #26 NCAA), total bases (153, #2 Pac-10), slugging percentage (.659, #2 Pac-10) and on-base percentage (.464, #9 Pac-10). He finished the regular season on a tear by hitting safely in 27 of his last 29 games (4/8 - 5/30), which included a career-high 15-game hit streak (5/2 - 5/29) that is tied for the second longest run by a Cardinal player this season. Putnam began his current 29-game stretch with a career-high 12-game hit streak (4/8 - 4/30) and also had an earlier hit streak of 10 games (6/23/03 - 2/15/04) that dated back to the final contest of 2003.
Romanczuk (So., LHP, Newark, DE/St. Mark's HS) paces the team, shares the Pac-10 lead and ranks tied for 11th in the nation in wins with an 11-2 record. He also paces the Cardinal in strikeouts (91, #6 Pac-10), innings pitched (105.0, #5 Pac-10) and games started (16, co-leader, #5T Pac-10), while posting a 4.03 ERA that is the lowest among the team's regular starters and eighth in the Pac-10.
Fuld (Sr., OF, Durham, NH/Phillips Exeter Academy), who earned All-Pac-10 honors in each of his first three season, has started all 56 games this season despite a series of nagging injuries. He is hitting .280 with four homers, 29 RBI and four stolen bases and posted a season-high 12-game hit streak (4/2 - 4/23; .345, 19-55, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB).
Gilmore (So., RHP) has been one of the team's most pleasant surprises in 2004. After rarely pitching as a freshman last season, he co-leads the team in games started (16, #5T Pac-10), while ranking second in victories (9-2, #5T Pac-10), strikeouts (69, #10 Pac-10) and innings pitched (98.2, #7 Pac-10) to go with a 4.56 ERA over 18 appearances. He also has the team's only complete game and has added one save.
For a complete press release about the 2004 All-Pac-10 team, go to pac-10.org
Top-ranked and 2004 Pac-10 regular season champion Stanford will open the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship by hosting Long Beach State, St. John's and UNLV in an NCAA Regional at Sunken Diamond this Friday, June 4 - Sunday, June 6. College Sports Television has announced that it will broadcast every game of the Regional live. Stanford is hosting an NCAA Regional for the ninth consecutive year and the 13th time in school history. The Cardinal also earned the No. 5 national seed, marking the sixth straight season the Cardinal has been awarded with a national seed.
Stanford (44-12) is the top seed in the double-elimination Regional and will play fourth-seeded UNLV (37-22) in its 2004 postseason opener on Friday at 6:00 pm, PDT (Game 1). Second-seeded Long Beach State (36-19) and third-seeded St. John's (36-21) will square off on Friday at 2:00 pm, PDT (Game 2) to open the Regional.
The Regional will continue on Saturday with three games. Saturday's first matchup (Game 3) will feature the losers of Friday's two contests in an elimination game at 11:00 am, PDT. The winners of Friday's games will play Saturday at 3 pm, PDT (Game 4) for the right to advance to Sunday's Regional championship. The winner of Game 3 will play the loser of Game 4 in an elimination contest (Game 5) at 7 pm, PDT.
Sunday's championship game (Game 6) will begin at 1:00 pm, PDT. A second championship game (Game 7), if necessary, will follow at approximately 5:00 pm, PT.
Stanford is making its 25th NCAA Tournament appearance and its 11th in a row after earning an automatic berth by winning the outright regular season Pac-10 title for the second consecutive year. The Cardinal is also looking to extend its school record string of consecutive College World Series trips to six. Stanford has made 15 trips to the College World Series and five appearances in the CWS championship game, winning the national title in 1987 and 1988 and finishing as runners-up in three of the last four seasons (2000, 2001, 2003). Stanford has an all-time postseason record of 113-54 (.677) and is 61-21 in 21 Regional appearances.
The winner of the NCAA Regional at Stanford will advanced to one of eight NCAA Super Regionals to be played Friday-Monday, June 11-14. Stanford has advanced to the College World Series for a school record five straight years after winning four consecutive Regionals and Super Regionals.