The Cape season has been completed with numerous Stanford players putting up solid numbers :
John Mayberry, Jr. - .370 (27-for-73), 5 2B, 0 HR, 10 RBI, 1 SB
Sam Fuld - .361 (43-for-119), 7 2B, 1 HR, 14 RBI, 10 SB
Donny Lucy - .262 (32-for-122), 2 2B, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 5 SB
Brian Hall - .248 (27-for-109), 4 2B, 1 HR, 16 RBI, 11 SB
Chris Lewis - .211 (26-for-123), 2 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 6 SB
Chris Carter - .197 (12-for-61), 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 0 SB
Kodiak Quick - 11 gms., 0-0, 5.00 ERA, 18 IP, 22 H, 12 BB, 14 SO
Notes: Fuld finished the season ranked second in batting average and was the West Division MVP of the All-Star Game ... Fuld rebounded from a tough summer last year when he hit just .190 with Team USA ... Mayberry, Jr. didn't have enough at-bats to qualify for the league leaders (he would have been second in batting) ... Lucy had a much more successful summer this time around as he hit just .159 in the Cape last year ... Hall also put together his best summer ... He hit .225 in the Cape after his freshman year and didn't play in any league after his sophomore campaign (shoulder injury) ... Fuld, Lucy, and Hall all played for the Hyannis Mets, one of four teams that qualified for the playoffs ... Fuld hit leadoff, Hall third, and Lucy fourth down the stretch ... Lewis started slow, but things up in the second half to get his average above .200 ... The combined league average was .229.
US National Team
Team USA has one more game remaining on their schedule as they will take on Cuba on Tuesday night in the gold medal game of the Pan Am Games. Here's how Danny Putnam and Mark Romanczuk have fared thus far :
Danny Putnam - .330 (36-for-109), 8 2B, 2 HR, 22 RBI, 4 SB
Mark Romanczuk - 6 gms. (5 starts), 5-0, 0.75 ERA, 36 IP, 25 H, 8 BB, 34 SO
Notes: Putnam has been the starter in left field from day one this summer ... He continues to hit third in the order and is second on the club in batting ... Romanczuk tossed 2 2/3 innings of relief in Team USA's semifinal game against Mexico allowing one unearned run ... He's been a member of their four-man starting rotation the entire summer.
The story in this league was David O'Hagan as the veteran pitcher excelled as a starter. Here are the numbers on Jonny Ash and O'Hagan :
Jonny Ash - .256 (23-for-90), 3 2B, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 2 SB
David O'Hagan - 6 gms. (5 starts), 2-3, 2.55 ERA, 35.1 IP, 27 H, 13 BB, 34 SO
Notes: Ash's numbers in this league were down this year ... He hit over .300 in the Northwoods League after his sophomore season last summer ... Ash played second base the majority of the time ... O'Hagan had a heavy workload as a starter and responded well with a sub-3 ERA.
One of the top summer leagues in the country, Jed Lowrie and Jeff Gilmore both played here :
Jed Lowrie - .224 (22-for-98), 2 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 2 SB
Jeff Gilmore - 0-0, 1.41 ERA, 32 IP, 27 H, 7 BB, 25 SO
Notes: Lowrie had a decent summer, especially considering it was his first as a college player ...He saw most of his time at third base ... Gilmore had a spectacular summer and moved into the starting rotation at the end of the season ... He had the lowest ERA on his team.
New England Collegiate Baseball League
This isn't as high-profile a league, but Matt Manship starred as a starting pitcher :
Matt Manship - 5 gms. (4 starts), 1-2, 1.50 ERA, 18 IP, 14 H, 4 BB, 15 SO
Pete Duda - 8 gms. (2 starts), 1-1, 4.87 ERA, 20 1/3 IP, 21 H, 13 BB, 13 SO
Notes: Expected to move into the rotation this season, Manship excelled in that role this summer ... Duda had one very bad inning (9 ER) which ruined his season ERA.
California Coastal League
This west coast league saw four Cardinal pitchers participating :
Drew Ehrlich - 8 gms. (1 start), 2-1, 1.40 ERA, 19.1 IP, 9 H, 7 BB, 25 SO
Jonny Dyer - 4 gms. (1 start), 1-0, 4.15 ERA, 8.2 IP, 6 H, 9 BB, 10 SO
Steve Papazian - 6 gms., 0-0, 2.70 ERA, 6.2 IP, 5 H, 5 BB, 9 SO
Noah Hawthorne - 6 gms. (2 starts), 0-0, 2.13 ERA, 25.1 IP, 19 H, 10 BB, 19 SO
Notes: Ehrlich was the star here as the right handed hurler put up some great numbers as a relief pitcher for the Santa Barbara Foresters ... Ehrlich, Dyer, and Papazian were teammates and their team won the league title.
Great Lakes League
Three Stanford players participated in this league, but unfortunately, statistics are not available:
This was a particularly strong summer for Cardinal hitters. I was able to acquire the final statistics for every Cardinal player that has played in the Cape Cod League or for Team USA over the last five summers ('99-'03) and have compiled a list of players that have hit .250 or above (in parentheses is what the player did in their next season at Stanford) :
1. John Mayberry, Jr., .370, Cape Cod, 2003 (???)
2. Sam Fuld - .361, Cape Cod, 2003 (???)
3. John Gall - .352, Team USA, 1999 (.342-11-72)
4. Danny Putnam - .330, Team USA, 2003 (???)
5. Carlos Quentin - .313, Team USA, 2002 (.396-12-64)
6. Sam Fuld - .310, Team USA, 2001 (.375-8-47)
7. Ryan Garko - .300, Cape Cod, 2002 (.402-18-92)
8. Danny Putnam - .289, Cape Cod, 2002 (.348-16-66)
9. Carlos Quentin - .267, Team USA, 2001 (.303-12-54)
10. Donny Lucy - .262, Cape Cod, 2003 (???)
Summer success isn't always an indicator of how well a player will do the next year in school, but these numbers show that when you play this well over the summer, it usually leads to a big year in the spring. The "big three" hitters in the lineup last year are all on this list for their accolades during the summer of 2002. Sam Fuld had a huge summer in 2001 and then he went on to hit .375 and break the school single season record for hits. By comparison, in 2002 with Team USA, Fuld hit below .200 and then slumped badly in the first month of the season in '03 before finishing with a .321 average (well below the .367 career mark he brought into the year). And as for John Gall's big summer in 1999, Team USA was still using aluminum bats (they started using wood in 2000).
Looking ahead to the upcoming season, it would appear that hitting will be the strength of this team again. While you can't expect any player to match the kind of numbers that Garko or Quentin put up last season, the offense could very easily be just as strong (or maybe even stronger) from top-to-bottom. As for the pitching, Mark Romanczuk had a huge summer with Team USA. Ironically, his loss in the final game of the CWS probably led to him starting for Team USA this summer. The "big three" in the Rice rotation were all invited to the Team USA tryouts, but didn't make the deadline for trying out (the deadline was the day after the championship game and the Rice players had celebration events planned in the days following) and therefore did not make the team. In all likelihood, one or two of those players makes the starting rotation therefore bumping Romanczuk to the bullpen or possibly off the team (I think that was unlikely though). Romanczuk pitched well in practice prior to the start of the season, earned the #4 starting spot in the four-man rotation, and dazzled to the tune of a 0.75 ERA (the only starting pitcher with a better ERA is Jered Weaver of Long Beach State).
Matt Manship didn't throw as many innings as Romanczuk this summer and he didn't pitch on nearly as big a stage, but Manship still threw very well and will likely be in the starting rotation this season. David O'Hagan, who you would think is a candidate for the #3 starting spot, had a big summer as a starter. Jeff Gilmore had a breakout summer in the Alaska League and appears ready to contribute. Drew Ehrlich also threw very well and will be one of the few upperclassman on the pitching staff.
February 6-8 : at Fresno State
February 13-15 : vs. Kansas
February 20-22 : vs. Texas
February 27-29 : at California
March 5-7 : at USC
March 22 : at Saint Mary's
March 23 : Santa Clara
March 26-28 : vs. Cal Poly
March 30 : vs. San Jose State
April 2-4 : at UCLA *
April 8-10 : at Oregon State *
April 13 : Santa Clara
April 16-18 : vs. California *
April 20 : vs. Saint Mary's
April 23-24 : Sacramento State
April 27 : Santa Clara
April 30-May 2 : vs. Washington State *
May 4 : at San Jose State
May 7-9 : at Washington *
May 11 : Santa Clara
May 14-16 : at Arizona *
May 18 : vs. USF
May 21-23 : vs. USC *
May 28-30 : vs. Arizona State *
June 4-6 : NCAA Regionals
June 11-14 : NCAA Super Regionals
June 18-28 : College World Series
Note: * denotes Pac-10 Game ... the sites of the four Santa Clara games and the two Sacramento State games have yet to be determined.
Schedule Commentary : The season will get off to a bang next year as Cal State Fullerton comes to Sunken for a three-game series. Both teams should be ranked highly in the preseason polls and there could be some bad blood after the Cardinal knocked out the Titans in Omaha last season. Kansas replaces Florida State on the schedule. The home non-conference schedule next year is strong with Fullerton, Kansas, and Texas all coming to town in the first month of the season. The team will get two weekends off (14 days total) for final exams in March. The Pac-10 schedule starts in early April and concludes with two marquee series' at home against USC and Arizona State. The postseason is being pushed back another week this season as the CWS won't conclude until either June 27th or 28th. The start times of games at Sunken are scheduled to remain the same with Tuesday and Friday night contests starting at 6:00pm while Saturday and Sunday games will start at 1:00pm.
Complete reports of Fall Practice will begin once it starts in early October. The alumni game this year is scheduled for Sunday, October 19th at 12:00pm.