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In the May/June issue of The Bootleg Magazine (re-published on TheBootleg.com in early August), we released the 30 finalists for The Bootleg Honor Roll award for the 2003/2004 school-year. Here is a link to that story.
The criteria are as follows:
Each academic year, The Bootlegs Honor Roll will recognize the top ten Stanford student-athletes who have performed at an exceptional level, with athletic accomplishments that are both extraordinary and inspirational. While achieving athletic success, these athletes should also have displayed uncommon leadership, sportsmanship and respect towards their fellow teammates and opponents. Finally, these honorees performances and actions should also demonstrate their love for their particular sport as well as their school pride, the famed Spirit of Stanford.
The fourth recipient of The Bootleg Honor Roll award is baseballs Jed Lowrie. As a sophomore in 2004, Lowrie put together one of the most impressive seasons in recent Stanford baseball memory. Lowrie (from Salem, OR) was named the 2004 Pac-10 Player of the Year while leading Stanford in almost every offensive category. He led the conference in batting (.399), homers (17), RBI (68), total bases (171), slugging percentage (.734), bases on balls (50) and on-base percentage (.505). Defensively, Lowrie 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).
All that domination led to lots of post-season awards. Lowrie earned unanimous All-American honors by being recognized by six different organizations, including Baseball America, Louisville Slugger and Sports Weekly. Along with teammates John Mayberry, Jr. and Mark Romanczuk, Lowrie also earned a spot on the 2004 USA Baseball National Team roster. Team USA won a gold medal at the World Championship Tournament in Taiwan.
Jed Lowrie will return to Stanford for his junior season and is a likely pre-season All-American. He also has a good chance to be a first-round pick in next Junes draft.
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