2/7/03 Feature: Back In The Game
General - Has proven to be one of the most versatile players in Stanford history, making starts at six different positions (1B, 3B, LF, CF, RF, DH) during his Stanford career Could also play up the middle defensively or in the outfield if needed Currently starting in right field A good hitter that has shown some power but has been streaky offensively during his collegiate career Ranks right with Sam Fuld as the team's top defensive outfielder and a couple of the best in the nation Very quick and a great base stealer with excellent speed Creates a lot of problems for defenses with his speed on the bases Extremely athletic A very dangerous player who makes things happen and puts a lot of pressure on the defense Selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 28th round of the 2000 MLB First-Year Player Draft and is expected to be a high pick in the 2004 draft.
Cardinal Career - Stanford's active career leader in RBI (152), stolen bases (51), stolen base attempts (61), sacrifice bunts (19), sacrifice flies (15) and intentional walks (7) Has a .305 career batting average with 20 homers Has 63 career multiple-hit games, including 14 three-hit contests and seven four-hit efforts Has 41 career multiple-RBI contests, including nine three-RBI games, a pair of four-RBI contests and one six-RBI effort Has played in 239 games with 186 starts Has a .986 career fielding percentage Had several memorable moments as a freshman in the 2001 College World Series, including a solo homer in a 4-1 win over Cal State Fullerton in the bracket final to propel the Cardinal into the 2001 CWS championship game.
2004 Season Notes (Senior) - Leads the team with 13 stolen bases (#5 Pac-10), while sharing the team lead in triples (4, #5T Pac-10), ranking second in doubles (13), as well as fourth in RBI (52, #6T Pac-10) and batting average (.356, #8 Pac-10) Has started all 56 games, making 47 of his starts in right field but also seeing action at first base (5), third base (3) and designated hitter (1) Hit a team-high .447 in 24 Pac-10 games, adding five homers, 25 RBI and six stolen bases Has committed just two errors in 159 defensive chances and none since March 24 for a .986 fielding percentage Posted a career-high 21-game hit streak (3/5 - 4/23; .478, 43-90, 5 HR, 22 RBI, 7 SB) before going 3-for-23 (.130) in his next seven games but rebounding to go 7-for-21 (.333) in his past five contests Put together back-to-back 4-for-4 games versus Washington State (4/30, 5/1) and was 8-for-8 with three sacrifice flies in one 11 at bat stretch spanning three games beginning with his final two at bats at Santa Clara (4/27) and running through his final at bat against Washington State (5/1) Has three 4-for-4 games Earned three national or regional honors (College Baseball Insider.com West Regional Player of the Week, Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week, NCBWA National Co-Hitter of the Week) after going 10-for-11 with two homers and eight RBI in a three-game series versus Washington State (4/30 - 5/2) Has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week twice (4/13, 5/4) Stole a base in three consecutive games at UCLA (4/2 - 4/4) Had four consecutive multiple-RBI contests (4/27 - 5/2) with 10 during the span Had at least one RBI in six consecutive contests (3/5 - 3/26).
2004 Individual Game Highlights/Notes (Senior)
5/29: Arizona State - 3-4, SB
5/23: USC - 2-5, RBI
5/15: at Arizona - 3-4, 2B, 3B, SB, 3 runs
5/2: Washington State - 2-3, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 3 runs ... batting average rose to .399
5/1: Washington State - 4-4, 2 RBI
4/30: Washington State - 4-4, HR, 3 RBI
4/27: at Santa Clara - 2 RBI
4/23: Sacramento State - 3-6, 2 2B, RBI
4/20: Saint Mary's - 2-5, RBI
4/18: California - 2B, 2 RBI
4/17: California - 2-5, SB
4/16: California - 4-4, 2B, RBI, 3 runs
4/10: at Oregon State - 3-5, HR, 3 RBI
4/9: at Oregon State - 2-3, HR, RBI
4/8: at Oregon State - 2-5, HR, 2 RBI
4/4: at UCLA - 2-4, RBI, SB
4/2: at UCLA - 3-4, SB
3/28: Cal Poly - 2-4
3/27: Cal Poly - 2-3, 3B
3/26: Cal Poly - 3-5, RBI, SB
3/24: at Santa Clara - 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI
3/23: at Saint Mary's - HR, 2 RBI
3/7: at USC - 3-5, 2B, RBI
3/6: at USC - 2-5, 2B, SB, RBI
3/5: at USC - HR, 2 RBI
2/28: at California - 2B, 2 RBI
2/27: at California - HR
2/15: Kansas - HR, 4 RBI ... grandslam with scored tied 6-6 in bottom of ninth to cap seven-run Cardinal ninth and lift Stanford to 10-6 win
2/14: Kansas - 2 SB ... eighth career two-steal game, first of season
2/13: Kansas - 2B, 2 RBI
2/8: at Fresno State - 2-4
1/30: Cal State Fullerton - 2-5, 3B, 2 RBI
2003 Season Notes (Junior) - Hit .293 with six homers, 44 RBI and a team-high 18 stolen bases (#3 Pac-10) in 24 attempts Had seven sacrifice bunts and 10 doubles to rank tied for fifth and tied for 10th in the Pac-10, while adding five triples, 20 bases on balls and 51 runs scored, respectively Posted a career-high 11-game hit streak (5/6-6/1) in which he batted .431 Played in 67 games with 63 starts, splitting his starts at third base (23), left field (23) and first base (17) Earned a spot on the All-Regional team, going 4-for-14 (.286) with a homer, four RBI, two stolen bases, six runs scored and 18 putouts Co-led the club with three stolen bases in the postseason Had six consecutive multiple-hit games (5/11-5/24) and four straight three-hit contests (5/13-5/23) during the streak Was a torrid 11-for-23 (.478) with four doubles, a triple, a homer, eight RBI, seven runs scored and four multiple-hit games during a brief five-game hit streak (4/5-4/15) Contributed 24 multiple-hit games and 12 multiple-RBI games Posted a seven-game hit streak (2/28-3/23), hitting .485 (16-33) with three doubles, one triple, one homer, seven RBI and two stolen bases during the stretch, also driving in at least one run in each game during the seven-game run Also had a seven-game hit streak (6/8/02-2/7/03) that extended back to last season Hit .292 with three triples, 12 RBI and a team-high eight stolen bases while playing in 23 of 24 Pac-10 games and starting 19 Had at least one hit in each of the CWS Championship Series games versus Rice (6/21-6/23) with a pair of hits in each of the final two games and two doubles in the series finale Had a key fifth inning RBI single to tie the game at 3-3 in an eventual 5-3 victory over Cal State Fullerton (6/18) Hit a two-run homer versus Cal State Fullerton (6/15), marking the second time he homered against the Titans in a CWS game Became just the second Stanford player to successfully sacrifice bunt twice in a game during the season in the CWS opener versus South Carolina (6/13) and also stole a base Scored Stanford's first run in the sixth inning of the NCAA Super Regional opener versus Long Beach State (6/6) to erase a 1-0 49er lead Was 2-for-5 with a double, a career-high-tying three runs scored and a pair of RBI versus Richmond (6/1) in the NCAA Regional championship game Started the Cal Poly series by going 3-for-5 with a double and a stolen base in the series opener (5/23) Had three hits in the final two games of the UCLA series (5/17 - 3-6, 3B, 2 RBI; 5/18 - 3-5, 2B, SB) Was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI versus Saint Mary's (5/13) Hit his third triple of the season in a 3-0 win at San Jose State (5/6) and his fourth in a 9-8 win at California (5/9) in back-to-back games Had a pair doubles and three RBI versus San Jose State (4/15) Tied a career-high with four hits (4-5), doubled twice, stole two bases and had an RBI at Washington State (4/7) Had a pair of stolen bases for the third time during the season and drove in three runs for the second consecutive game at Arizona State (3/23) Tied a career-high with his second four-hit game of the season at Arizona State (3/22 - 4-6, 3 RBI) Hit his first triple of the season versus California (3/7) Was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI versus USC (3/1) before homering against the Trojans in the series finale (3/2) Was 3-for-6 with a pair of doubles versus Florida State (2/7) Tied a career-high with four hits at Cal State Fullerton (1/31 - 4-4, 2 RBI) Hit his first home run of the year at Santa Clara in the season-opener (1/25) Honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic.
2002 Season Notes (Sophomore) - Led the team with 14 stolen bases in 14 chances, while contributing a .267 batting average with three homers and 35 RBI in 59 games and 39 starts Hit .292 with a pair of homers, 18 RBI and four stolen bases while starting 18 of 24 Pac-10 contests Had his biggest contest of the season in the second game of the year against Cal State Fullerton (2/2), going 3-for-5 with a double, homer and a career-high six RBI (tied for the most by a Stanford player in 2002) Had 10 two-hit games, including a string of three in a row versus USC (4/13 - 2-3, HR, 2 RBI; 4/14 - 2-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI) and Saint Mary's (4/16 - 2-4, 2 RBI, SB) as part of a four-game hit streak (4/12-4/16) in which he was 7-for-12 (.583) with a double, two homers, eight RBI and a stolen base Had three RBI versus Washington State (5/25) Pinch-ran and had a pair of stolen bases at Arizona (4/5) Also stole a pair of bags as part of a 2-for-5 game at Florida State (2/8) Scored the dramatic game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning versus Texas (3/28) in a 7-6 comeback victory Had a key two-RBI double in the sixth inning of a 9-6 win at USC (3/23 - Game 1) Earned honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors.
2001 Season Notes (Freshman) - Had a solid freshman season, hitting .287 with a pair homers, two triples (tied for second on the club), 21 RBI and six stolen bases to earn honorable mention Freshman All-American honors (Collegiate Baseball) Played in 57 games with 28 starts Hit a third inning home run in his first postseason start, a 4-1 victory over Cal State Fullerton (6/13) to lift the Cardinal into the CWS championship game Also had a memorable performance versus Cal State Fullerton (6/10) in the second game of the CWS, making a leaping catch against the wall with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the contest into extra innings and then leading off the 10th inning with a single and scoring the go-ahead run in a 5-2, 10-inning Cardinal victory Started 28 of the team's 68 games and played in 57, including 11 of 12 appearances in postseason contests Errorless in all 30 of his fielding attempts, primarily in left field Had a key pinch-hit bases loaded walk to keep Stanford's seven-run fifth inning alive in a 13-11 comeback win over Tulane (6/8) in the first round of the CWS Hit .341 in 21 Pac-10 games and 10 starts Served as the team's primary right-handed designated hitter during Jason Cooper's mid-season injury Was 8-for-14 (.571) with a triple and three RBI during a four-game hit streak (4/8-4/14), which included a 5-for-9 series versus Oregon State (4/12-4/14) with a pair of RBI Posted a career-high-tying four hits and three runs scored in a 4-for-5 performance with two RBI versus Oregon State (4/14) Was 3-for-4 with a double, a season-high three RBI and a career-high-tying three runs scored versus Santa Clara (5/1) Posted a season-high eight-game hit streak (2/23-3/24), going 9-for-23 (.391) during the stretch.
High School - A 2000 graduate of Carlsbad High School National High School Coaches Association Player of the Year as a senior in 2000 Team was ranked in USA Today's Preseason Super 25 to begin the 2000 campaign Helped squad to New Mexico state championships in 1996 and 1998 Selected a First Team All-American as a junior and a senior by Collegiate Baseball and a Second Team All-American by Baseball America as a senior Named the New Mexico Gatorade High School Player of the Year as a senior Earned First Team All-State honors three times (1998-2000) and First Team All-District honors all four years of high school Combined for career totals of 27 home runs and 115 RBI (1998-2000), tying his high school's single-season home run record with 11 as a senior Hit over .500 in his final three prep seasons (.506, 1998; .566, 1999), including a school record .647 average as a senior in 2000 Honorable mention All-American by USA Today as a sophomore Member of the National Honor Society and an All-American Scholar.
Amateur Summer Baseball - Helped the Hyannis Mets to the Cape Cod League playoffs in the summer of 2003, hitting .248 with a homer, 16 RBI and 11 stolen bases during the regular season Did not play baseball in the summer of 2002 while recovering from an arm injury Spent the summer of 2001 playing with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod League, hitting .225 with a homer, 11 RBI and seven stolen bases for the Red Sox as the team earned a spot in the playoffs Played the previous two summers (1999-2000) with the nation's top high school prospects on the USA Junior National Team, winning a 1999 World Championship in Taiwan before finishing as the 2000 runner-up in Canada.
Personal - A double major in Political Science and Sociology Son of David and Peggy Hall Contemplating careers in professional baseball, or as a lawyer or sports agent One of his nicknames is "Cowboy" referring to his small hometown of Carlsbad, New Mexico Favorite pastimes include playing video games and hanging out with friends Also enjoys chatting on the internet Favorite professional sports team is the Dallas Cowboys, while Nomar Garciaparra ranks as his favorite player One of his game day superstitions is to always put his left sock and shoe on first Earliest baseball memory is playing in a tee-ball game while he had the chicken pox.
Career Game Highs
AB - 6, six times, last at Arizona (5/15/04)
R - 3, seven times, last vs. Washington State (5/2/04)
H - 4, seven times, last vs. Washington State (5/1/04)
HR - 1, 20 times, last vs. Washington State (5/2/04)
RBI - 6, vs. Cal State Fullerton (2/2/02)
SB - 2, eight times, last vs. Kansas (2/14/04)
Hit Streak - 21 games (3/5/04 - 4/23/04)
2004 Season Highs
AB - 6, twice, last at Arizona (5/15/04)
R - 3, three times, last at Arizona (5/15/04)
H - 4, three times, last vs. Washington State (5/1/04)
HR - 1, nine times, last vs. Washington State (5/2/04)
RBI - 4, vs. Kansas (2/15/04)
SB - 2, vs. Kansas (2/14/04)
Hit Streak - 21 games (3/5/04 - 4/23/04)
Last Updated: 9/30/04