Jed Lowrie Named To 2005 Wallace Watch List
Nov. 24, 2004
Lubbock, Tex. - Stanford junior second baseman Jed Lowrie has been named to the 2005 Wallace Watch List released by the College Baseball Foundation on Tuesday. The Brooks Wallace Award is presented annually to the national college baseball player of the year and was won by Cal State Fullerton's Kurt Suzuki in 2004.
'Jed is deserving of this recognition after the type of season he had last year,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'We're obviously very pleased with the way he played last year and are hoping for another great season from him in 2005.'
Lowrie was a First Team All-American in 2004 and has already been named a 2005 First Team Preseason All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
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.
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).