Stanford Announces 2004 Team Awards At Annual Banquet Friday

Nov. 20, 2004

Palo Alto, Calif. - Stanford Baseball announced its 2004 team awards at its annual season-ending banquet at the Sheraton Hotel on Friday. Jed Lowrie earned the team's Most Valuable Player honors as well as the Jack Shepard Memorial Award, given annually to the player with the highest batting average on the club. Jeff Gilmore was named the team's Most Improved Player, while Blake Holler earned Most Valuable Freshman honors. The team's other three awards were each shared between two players. Jonny Ash and Donny Lucy were co-winners of the team's Most Inspirational Award. David O'Hagan and Mark Romanczuk shared the Bruce R. Cameron Memorial Award, presented annually to a player with outstanding proficiency in baseball, leadership and academic performance. Danny Putnam and Brian Hall split the squad's Come Through Award.

'We are pleased to be able to honor all of these players tonight,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'All of them have made tremendous contributions to Stanford Baseball.'

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, as well as a Third Team selection from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Lowrie was also named the 2004 Pac-10 Player of the Year and was a member of the 2004 NCAA All-Regional squad a year ago. He led the 2004 Cardinal in nearly every offensive category, 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 the Pac-10 in assists with 180.

After pitching just 2.1 innings as a freshman in 2003, Gilmore became Stanford's Most Improved Player in 2004 by going 10-2 to rank tied for fourth in the conference in wins. He had a 4.43 ERA as the team's second starter and finished the season with a team-co-leading 17 starts (#4T Pac-10), while ranking second in both innings pitched (107.2, #7 Pac-10) and strikeouts (77, #10T Pac-10) to earn honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors.

Holler had an excellent freshman season, posting a 4-2 record and a 4.34 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 58.0 innings of work. He made his first collegiate start in the fourth week of the season and ended up making nine of his team co-leading 22 appearances as a starter. Holler also added two saves.

Ash hit .372 to go with five homers, 33 RBI and a pair of stolen bases in his final season for the Cardinal to make the first All-Pac-10 team of his career. He was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 11th round of the 2004 MLB First-Year Player Draft and signed a professional baseball contract.

Lucy, who was selected by the Chicago White Sox in second round of the 2004 MLB First-Year Player Draft and signed a professional baseball contract, also earned All-Pac-10 honors for the first time in his career last season, hitting .313 with 12 homers (#8 Pac-10), 47 RBI and five stolen bases. He started 56 of the team's 60 games behind the plate and was one of 15 semifinalists for the 2004 Johnny Bench Award.

O'Hagan moved into the role of the team's closer in 2004 and responded by going 6-2 with a team-low 2.97 ERA and a team-high six saves to earn All-Pac-10 recognition for the first time in his career. He struck out 58 batters in 57.2 innings over a team co-leading 22 appearances, while opponents hit just .192 against him. O'Hagan was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the ninth round of the 2004 MLB First-Year Player Draft and signed a professional baseball contract.

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).

Putnam established himself as one of the top offensive threats in the nation as a junior in 2003, earning First Team All-American honors from Baseball America, Second Team All-American recognition by the ABCA and an honorable mention All-American selection from College Baseball, as well as All-Pac-10 honors for the second consecutive year. He led the team in hits (94, #2 Pac-10), multiple-hit games (31), two-homer games (2) and triples (4, shared team lead, #6T Pac-10), while ranking second on the club in home runs (16, #2T Pac-10), batting average (.378, #3 Pac-10), runs scored (61, #7 Pac-10), total bases (160, #2 Pac-10), slugging percentage (.643, #2 Pac-10) and on-base percentage (.454, #9 Pac-10), as well as tied for second in RBI (62, #3T Pac-10). Putnam started all 60 games in left field. He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics as a Compensation A pick (36th selection overall) of the 2004 MLB First-Year Player Draft and signed a professional baseball contract.

Hall had a huge season as a senior, starting all 60 games and batting .356 (#8 Pac-10) with a team co-leading four triples (#6T Pac-10), nine homers, 52 RBI (#8 Pac-10), 84 hits (#4T Pac-10) and a club-best 15 stolen bases (#5 Pac-10) to earn All-Pac-10 honors for the first time in his career. Hall led the team with a .447 batting average in 24 Pac-10 games, adding five homers, 25 RBI and six stolen bases. He committed just two errors in 162 defensive chances overall and none after March 24 for a .988 fielding percentage. His 2004 season included the longest hit streak by a Stanford player with a career-high 21-game stretch. He also had the biggest series of the season by a Stanford player when he was 10-for-11 in a three-game set versus Washington State and earned College Baseball West Regional Player of the Week, Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week and NCBWA National Co-Hitter of the Week. He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 10th round of the 2004 MLB First-Year Player Draft and signed a professional baseball contract.

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. The Cardinal still had an extremely successful season a year ago, winning its second consecutive outright Pac-10 title to give Stanford at least a share of a conference crown in six of the past eight campaigns. The Cardinal, 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).