Lowrie, Mayberry and Romanczuk Earn 2005 NCBWA Preseason All-American Honors
Nov. 18, 2004
Dallas, Tex. - The trio of Jed Lowrie, John Mayberry, Jr. and Mark Romanczuk were named 2005 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason All-Americans on Thursday. Lowrie and Mayberry were both First Team selections, while Romanczuk was a Second Team choice. All three players spent the summer of 2004 with Team USA.
'All three of these players are deserving of this recognition as 2005 Preseason All-Americans,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'They have been fantastic players during their first two collegiate seasons, and we are hoping for even bigger and better things from them in 2005.'
Lowrie is a coming off an outstanding 2004 campaign at Stanford when he was named a First Team All-American by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and Sports Weekly, while also earning Second Team All-American honors by the American Baseball Coaches Association and College Baseball Insider.com, as well as Third Team from the NCBWA. Lowrie was also named the 2004 Pac-10 Player of the Year and was a member of the 2004 NCAA All-Regional squad last season. He led the Cardinal in nearly every offensive category a year ago, including batting average (.399, #1 Pac-10), homers (17, #1 Pac-10), RBI (68, #1T Pac-10), runs scored (72, #2 Pac-10), doubles (19, #3 Pac-10), triples (4, #6T Pac-10, shared team lead), total bases (171, #1 Pac-10), slugging percentage (.734, #1 Pac-10), on-base percentage (.505), bases on balls (50, #1 Pac-10) and multiple RBI games (19). He also ranked second on the team with 93 hits (#3 Pac-10) and 27 multiple-hit contests, while stealing six bases. Defensively, he made just 10 errors in his 282 defensive chances for a .965 fielding percentage while starting all 60 games at either second base (52) or shortstop (8). He also led the team and ranked fifth in assists with 180.
Mayberry was a First Team All-Pac-10 selection in 2004, ranking second on the club in homers (16, #2T Pac-10) and tied for second in RBI (62, #3T Pac-10) while finishing with a .333 batting average and making just three errors in 546 chances at first base for a .995 fielding percentage. Mayberry's previous national recognition has included a Second Team Preseason All-American choice by Baseball America prior to the 2004 campaign and 2003 Freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball after hitting .299 with five homers and 33 RBI as a rookie. Mayberry is also Stanford's active career leader in putouts (963), defensive chances (1008), double plays (73) and triple plays (2).
Romanczuk finished the 2004 season with an 11-3 record and a 4.31 ERA (#10 Pac-10), leading the team in wins (#2T Pac-10), strikeouts (94, #6T Pac-10) and innings pitched (108.2, #5 Pac-10) to earn Third Team Collegiate Baseball All-American and First Team All-Pac-10 honors. He was also the team's co-leader with 17 starts (#4T Pac-10). Romanczuk was one of four national Freshman of the Year choices of Collegiate Baseball as a rookie in 2003, as well as a Freshman All-American (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball) and First Team All-Pac-10 choice. He was a Third Team Preseason All-American selection by both the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball prior to the 2003 campaign. Romanczuk's two-year career record of 23-5 on The Farm after two seasons leaves him just two wins shy of cracking into the team's all-time Top 10 list for victories and only 14 from short of the school record of 37 currently held by Jeff Ballard (1982-85).
Stanford had reached the College World Series for a school record five consecutive seasons (1999-2003) before its 2004 campaign ended with a pair of losses to Long Beach State in NCAA Regional action. Stanford still had an extremely successful season a year ago, winning its second consecutive outright Pac-10 title to give the Cardinal at least a share of a conference crown in six of the past eight campaigns. Stanford, who had entered the postseason as the nation's top-ranked team, finished the 2004 campaign with a 46-14 overall mark.
Stanford's 33-player roster in 2005 features 23 players returning from last year's club, including 15 letterwinners and seven starters (three position players, four pitchers).
All told, Stanford has been involved in NCAA postseason play 25 times, including each of the past 11 seasons. Stanford has won a pair of national titles (1987, '88) in its 15 CWS appearances and been runners-up on three other occasions (2000, '01, '03) in the last five seasons. The Cardinal has also won five NCAA Super Regional crowns and 20 conference championships (includes shared and Pac-10 Southern Division titles).
Stanford is scheduled to open its 2005 regular season by hosting Fresno State in a three-game non-conference series at Sunken Diamond from Friday-Sunday, January 28-30 (5 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm).