The 2004 Stanford Baseball season ended earlier than most expected as the Cardinal were knocked off in regional play. However, despite the disappointing ending, there is plenty to look back on and celebrate about this special Stanford baseball team. Read on for comments about what went right and what went wrong this year for the Cardinal. In addition, check out all the final stats, who is going home with postseason awards, a recap of the top five games of '04, and a look to the future.
June 25, 2004
A pair of home runs in the fifth inning from Danny Putnam and Donny Lucy keyed a five-run rally which led to Stanford's 10-4 victory over the UNLV Rebels on Friday night in the opening round of the Palo Alto Regional. Stanford had an excellent night at the plate as they pounded out 13 hits in total, but that was only part of the story. Sophomore pitcher Jeff Gilmore dazzled on the mound tossing a complete-game recording eight strike outs in the process. Here is a complete recap.
June 4, 2004
On a pleasant Friday evening at Sunken Diamond, the 2nd ranked Stanford Cardinal posted an 8-3 victory over the Washington State Cougars in the opener of a three-game series. Mark Romanczuk tossed seven solid innings to record his team-leading ninth win of the year. Meanwhile, Brian Hall and Donny Lucy clubbed home runs as Stanford jumped out to an early 6-0 lead and cruised to victory.
April 30, 2004
Stanford had little trouble disposing of Sacramento State on a pleasant Friday night at Sunken Diamond. The Cardinal pounded out a season-high 21 hits, smoked three more home runs, and got an excellent pitching performance from Mark Romanczuk in the 15-1 rout. In addition, Brian Hall extended his hitting streak to 21 games as Stanford won their seventh consecutive game overall.
April 23, 2004
Stanford rapped out a season-high tying 18 hits Saturday afternoon in their 9-2 win over the California Golden Bears. Danny Putnam and Donny Lucy led the offensive charge with two homers apiece while Sam Fuld scored a run to move into first all-time at Stanford in that category. Meanwhile, Jeff Gilmore tossed a five-hit complete game on the hill as Stanford records their tenth series win in a row to begin the year.
April 17, 2004
The Stanford Cardinal kept their perfect series win record intact on Saturday with a 16-4 rout of the Oregon State Beavers in Corvallis. Stanford has now won all nine of their series played this season and 13 in a row dating back to last year. In today's action, Stanford connected for five home runs as they jumped out to an early big lead with seven runs in the top of the first inning. Read on for all the details.
April 10, 2004
Stanford played their 16th game of the season tonight when they defeated the USC Trojans by a 10-2 score at Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles. Last season in game #16, the Trojans absolutely crushed the Cardinal 13-4 at Sunken Diamond to send Stanford to a very modest 9-7 record. Fast forward to 2004 and the #1 Cardinal are riding high now at 14-2, with the latest victory coming on seven shutout innings by Mark Romanczuk.
March 5, 2004