General: A 2005 Preseason All-American, earning Second Team honors from Collegiate Baseball (Louisville Slugger) and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Has pitched each of the last two summers with Team USA A very experienced pitcher that returns for his second season as Stanford's ace and his third in the starting rotation Expected to be one of the top lefthanded pitchers in collegiate baseball in 2005 and one of the early favorites to win Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year honors Has a fastball that can get into the low 90's with excellent movement Command of breaking ball has improved each year to make him more effective Has four pitches with a fastball, changeup, curve ball and developing slider Very competitive and battles well Ranks No. 31 on Baseball America's list of Top Collegiate Prospects for the 2005 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Cardinal Career: Updated Career Statistics
The only current pitcher in the Pac-10 that is a two-time All-Pac-10 selection Has had two excellent seasons to begin his Stanford career and is already just two wins shy of entering the school's all-time Top 10 list for victories with a 23-5 career record to go with two saves and a 4.15 ERA Stanford's active career leader in victories, ERA, starts (33), strikeouts (174), innings pitched (221.0) and opponents batting average (.251) among pitchers with at least one inning pitched per team game played Has a pair of complete games, tying Jeff Gilmore as the team's active career leader Has 40 appearances and has been involved in three combined shutouts, both second among current Stanford players behind the 46 appearances and four combined shutouts recorded by Matt Manship Only 14 victories behind all-time Stanford leader Jeff Ballard, a former Major Leaguer who racked up 37 wins on the Farm from 1982-85 Has been recognized nationally by Baseball America (2003 First Team Freshman All-American, 2004 Third Team Preseason All-American), College Baseball Insider.com (2003 honorable mention All-American, 2004 honorable mention Preseason All-American), Collegiate Baseball (2003 Freshman of Year ... one of four selections, 2004 Third Team All-American, 2004 Third Team Preseason All-American, 2005 Second Team Preseason All-American) and the NCBWA (2004 and 2005 Third Team Preseason All-American) Has won Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors five times in his career, taking the award three times as a freshman in 2003 (April 1, April 21, May 5) and on two more occasions as a sophomore in 2004 (March 9, June 1) Has balked 16 times and uncorked 21 wild pitches in his career, both the most by any active Stanford pitcher Has one pickoff Has struggled in the postseason, going 2-3 with a 6.91 ERA in six appearances and five starts, striking out just 14 and allowing 36 hits in 27.1 innings for an opponents batting average of .330 Has lost his last three postseason decisions.
As A Junior In 2005: Has allowed just six earned runs in his last 26.1 innings of work (2.05 ERA) Third on the team in victories with a 5-5 record on the season while posting a 4.21 ERA Co-leads the team in strikeouts (75, #9T Pac-10), starts (15, #4T Pac-10) and complete games (2), while ranking second in innings pitched (98.0 IP, #5T Pac-10) Has won 28 career games at Stanford to rank tied for sixth on the school's all-time list with Bruce Mignano (1979-82) Has been in the team's No. 2 spot in the rotation for the past four Pac-10 series after having previously spent his entire sophomore year and all of his junior season as the team's top starter Needs just 2.0 more innings pitched to move into a tie for 10th on Stanford's all-time list in the category.
Individual Game Notes (2005)
Game-By-Game Statistics 5/21 vs. Arizona - ND, 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO 5/14 vs. UCLA - L, 6.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO 5/7 at California - ND, 9.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO ... career-high-tying IP ... locked in 0-0 pitchers' dual through nine innings 5/2 at UC Davis - ND, 4.0 IP, 1 BB, 7 SO 4/23 vs. Washington - ND, 4.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO 4/15 at Arizona State - L, 7.0 IP, 12 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO ... career-high hits, runs and earned runs allowed 4/9 vs. Oregon State (Gm. 1) - ND, 7.1 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO 4/1 at Washington State - W, 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO 3/26 vs. Sacramento State - L, 7.0 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO 3/20 at Pacific - ND, 2.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 SO ... shortest start of season 3/5 vs. California - W, 9.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO ... second consecutive complete game for first time in career ... allowed no runs and one hit over final 7.0 frames 2/25 vs. USC - W, 9.0 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 12 SO ... first career shutout 2/18 at Texas - L, 3.1 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO 2/12 vs. Kansas (Gm. 1) - W, 7.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO 2/4 at Cal State Fullerton - L, 5.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 3 SO 1/30 vs. Fresno State (Gm. 2) - W, 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO
As A Sophomore in 2004: Had another tremendous season, earning All-Pac-10 honors for the second consecutive campaign and Third Team All-American recognition from Collegiate Baseball (Louisville Slugger) by pacing the team in victories with an 11-3 record to go with a 4.31 ERA that was the lowest among all Cardinal pitchers with at least one inning pitched per team game played Ranked tied for second in the Pac-10 in victories (#22T NCAA) and 10th in ERA Led the club in innings pitched (108.2, #5 Pac-10) and strikeouts (94, #6T Pac-10), while co-leading the squad along with Jeff Gilmore in starts (17, #4T Pac-10) Also had the team's second lowest opponents batting average among pitchers that compiled at least one inning per game played by the team with a .261 mark that ranked ninth in the Pac-10 Earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors twice (March 9, June 1) Won three consecutive starts on two separate occasions from March 5 - April 2 (USC, Cal Poly, UCLA) and March 16-30 (California, Sacramento State, Washington State) Had his ERA at a season-low 2.96 after his first four starts Lasted 7.0 innings or more in 10 of his 17 starts Called for a league-high 11 balks Had one pickoff Was 5-1 with a 5.10 ERA in eight Pac-10 starts, leading the team in victories, games started (co-leader with Jeff Gilmore), innings pitched (54.2) and strikeouts (44) Shared the team's Bruce R. Cameron Memorial Award with fellow pitcher David O'Hagan, presented annually to a player with outstanding proficiency in baseball, leadership and academic performance Appeared on the Roger Clemens Award Watch List during the season for the honor nominating collegiate baseball's top pitcher First Team Pac-10 All-Academic Earned Baseball America Midseason Sophomore All-American honors, as well as a Third Team Preseason All-American spot from the publication and honorable mention Preseason All-American recognition from College Baseball Insider.com.
Individual Game Notes (2004)
Game-By-Game Statistics 6/5 vs. Long Beach State (Regional) - L, 3.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 SO ... shortest outing of season ... one of two starts in which he did not walk a batter 5/28 vs. Arizona State - W, 7.0 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 5 SO ... no runs allowed for the second time of season as he combined with David O'Hagan on one of Stanford's two shutouts to earn Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors (6/1) for the fifth time in his career ... faced the minimum number of batters in four of his seven frames and did not allow a runner past second base 5/21 vs. USC - L, 6.1 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO ... first loss to USC after victories in first three collegiate appearances versus Trojans ... career-high earned runs allowed ... career-high-tying runs and hits surrendered 5/15 at Arizona - W, 5.0 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 8 SO 5/7 at Washington - ND, 9.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO ... longest outing of season ... third performance of career-high-tying 9.0 innings 4/30 vs. Washington State - W, 7.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO ... third consecutive win 4/23 vs. Sacramento State - W, 8.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO ... retired 14 straight batters 4/16 vs. California - W, 7.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO ... allowed season-high three homers 4/8 at Oregon State - ND, 5.1 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO ... career-high-tying hits allowed ... career-high-tying runs allowed 4/2 at UCLA - W, 8.0 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO ... third consecutive win ... second double-digit strikeout performance of career ... career-high-tying hits allowed ... held Bruins scoreless over his final 5.0 innings 3/26 vs. Cal Poly - W, 7.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO 3/5 at USC - W, 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 7 SO ... third straight win in as many career outings versus Trojans ... no runs allowed for the first time of season ... earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors (3/9) for the fourth time in his career 2/27 at California - ND, 4.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO 2/20 vs. Texas - W, 7.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 8 SO 2/13 vs. Kansas - W, 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 13 SO ... career-high strikeouts 2/6 at Fresno State - L, 5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 SO ... one of two starts in which he did not walk a batter 1/30 vs. Cal State Fullerton - W, 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO ... opening day starter
As A Freshman in 2003: Had an incredible rookie season, earning one of four National Freshman of the Year selections from Collegiate Baseball, as well as All-Pac-10, First Team Freshman All-American by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball (Louisville Slugger), honorable mention All-American (College Baseball Insider.com) and Stanford Most Valuable Freshman honors Won his first 12 decisions before finishing the season with a 12-2 record, ranking second in the Pac-10 and tied for eighth in the nation in victories Added a 4.01 ERA (#6 Pac-10) with 80 strikeouts (#5 Pac-10) in 112.1 innings (#2 Pac-10), as well as a pair of complete games and two saves in 23 appearances and 16 starts Allowed just 97 hits for an opponents batting average of .241 to rank second in the Pac-10 Combined with fellow freshman Matt Manship in a pair of Stanford shutouts Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week three times (April 1, April 20, May 4) Had a 3-0 record and a 3.86 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 56.0 innings over a team co-leading eight Pac-10 starts Opponents hit just .221 against him in Pac-10 games An honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic choice.
Individual Game Notes (2003)
Game-By-Game Statistics 6/23 vs. Rice (CWS Championship Series Game Three) - L, 1.0 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 6 BB, 1 SO ... shortest outing of career 6/19 vs. Cal State Fullerton (CWS Bracket Final) - ND, 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB ... first relief appearance since February 22 6/15 vs. Cal State Fullerton (CWS) - L, 6.1 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO ... first loss of season ended his attempt to become only the second pitcher in Stanford history to post an unbeaten season with eight or more decisions ... career-high-tying hits allowed ... season-high-tying earned runs and runs allowed 6/7 vs. Long Beach State (Super Regional) - W, 8.1 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 SO ... fourth start of season without walking a batter ... career-high-tying hits allowed ... Last victory of season 6/1 vs. Richmond (Regional Championship Game) - W, 6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 6 SO ... First career postseason win 5/24 vs. Cal Poly - W, 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 8 SO ... third start of season not allowing a run ... one of two shutouts of season in which he combined on 5/17 vs. UCLA - ND, 8.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO ... left game with two-run lead in top of ninth before Bruins scored twice to send game into extra innings and eventually won 9-5 in 12 innings 5/10 at California - ND, 7.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO ... taken off hook for loss when Cardinal scored four runs in ninth inning in a 6-4 comeback victory 5/4 at USC (Game 1) - W, 9.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 5 SO ... Second complete game of season with a career-best three-hitter to earn Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors (5/5) for third time of campaign 4/26 vs. Arizona - ND, 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO 4/19 vs. Oregon State - W, 7.2 IP, 2 H, 6 BB, 9 SO ... one of two shutouts of season in which he combined on ... season-high strikeouts 4/15 vs. San Jose State - W, 2.0 IP, 1 H, 3 SO ... credited with win as first of three or more predetermined Stanford pitchers ... one of three starts of season in which he did not allow a run ... one of four starts in which he did not walk a batter 4/7 at Washington State - ND, 6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO ... taken off hook for loss when Stanford rallied for two ninth inning runs in a game the Cardinal eventually won 8-5 in 11 innings 3/30 vs. Washington - ND, 3.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 SO ... one of four starts in which he did not walk a batter 3/24 at Arizona State - W, 9.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 SO ... first career complete game in first Pac-10 start and rubber game of key three-game Pac-10 opening set 3/9 vs. California - W, 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO 3/2 vs. USC - W, 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO ... first career start 2/22 at Texas (Game 2) - W, 3.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO 2/17 vs. Nevada - W, 1.1 IP, 2 SO 2/15 vs. Fresno State - SV, 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 SO ... retired six of seven batters he faced ... second save in as many days 2/14 vs. Fresno State - SV, 1.0 IP, 1 SO ... first collegiate save 2/7 vs. Florida State - W, 3.0 IP, 2 BB, 4 SO ... first collegiate win 2/2 at Cal State Fullerton - ND, 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 SO ... impressive collegiate debut
High School: A 2002 graduate of St. Mark's High School A talented three-sport athlete in baseball, basketball and soccer Two-time First Team All-American selection by Collegiate Baseball (Louisville Slugger) and the National High School Baseball Coaches Association (2001, '02) Twice selected Delaware's Gatorade High School Player of the Year and member of the First Team All-State squad (2001, '02) Named a Baseball America Second Team All-American, Third Team Preseason All-American and Delaware Player of the Year as a senior Also named a Collegiate Baseball (Louisville Slugger) Preseason All-American in each of his final two seasons Earned All-Catholic League honors in each of his final three years and named the league's MVP as a senior Also selected his school's Athlete of the Year in 2001-02 Named Second Team All-State in his sophomore campaign Ranked No. 33 among Baseball America's 2002 Top 100 High School prospects and named on its 2002 High School Player of the Year Watch List Set numerous career school records, including single-game strikeouts (twice struck out 18 batters), single-season strikeouts (146), career strikeouts (315), single-season ERA (0.56), career ERA (0.77), single-season complete games (10) and career complete games (24) Also pitched a perfect game and four no-hitters, including two straight no-hitters to begin his senior campaign, the first of which was the perfect game versus Dover High School Had an incredible senior season, going 10-0 with three no-hitters, 146 strikeouts and an 0.66 ERA, giving up only 19 hits in 66.0 innings Was a three-year letterwinner and two-time All-Catholic League choice in basketball, playing both guard positions Named First Team All-Catholic League in basketball as a senior, serving as team captain while averaging 12.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per game Tied the school record for most three-pointers in a game with seven Lettered twice in soccer as a midfielder Played on a pair of prep state champions in soccer (1999, 2000) as the latter club was ranked No. 1 in the nation during the season Graduated with a 4.0 GPA, ranking fifth in his class academically Member of the National Honor Society Served on his school's student council all four years Coached in baseball by Matt Smith.
Other Amateur Baseball: Spent the summer of 2004 as a member of Team USA for the second consecutive season, posting a 3-1 record and a 2.95 ERA in eight appearances and two starts for the Americans, who finished the summer with an 18-7 record and won the FISU World University Baseball title Struck out 21 batters over 18.1 innings and took part in one combined shutout for Team USA in the summer of 2004 as opponents managed just 12 hits against him for a .185 batting average Made the Team USA roster for the first time in the summer of 2003 and had an extremely successful season, going 5-0 with an 0.75 ERA while striking out 34 batters in 36.0 innings for the 27-2 Americans that finished with the best record in team history and as the Pan American Games runners-up Appeared in six games for Team USA in 2003 with five starts and took part in three combined shutouts as opponents hit just .195 against him Played with the Grand Slam Diamonds the previous four seasons (1999-2002), leading the squad to the 2002 National Amateur Baseball Federation World Series in Canada Invited twice to the USA Junior National Team Trials (2000, '01) Pitched for the 2000 Newark National Little League 16-and-under team, finishing third at the 2000 Senior Little League World Series and posting a 4-0 record with an 0.00 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 20.0 innings Ranked as the No. 1 professional prospect at the 2001 Team One National Showcase.
MLB First-Year Player Draft: Selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the fifth round of the 2002 draft but did not sign a professional baseball contract.
Getting To Know Mark Romanczuk
Getting To Know Mark Romanczuk
Wayne and Pat Romanczuk
I would describe myself as a person:
The reason I love baseball is:
The competitive nature of the game
The thing that sets Stanford Baseball apart from other collegiate baseball programs is:
The unprecedented focus and work ethic of all the personnel involved
Hoops In The Family:
Cousin, Paul Romanczuk, played collegiate basketball at Pennsylvania from 1997-2000 before playing professionally in Spain
Favorite Pro Sports Team:
I pattern my game after:
Advice To Youngsters:
Work harder than anyone you know and let the rest fall into place
When I played sports as a kid I pretended to be:
My parents were right when they told me:
Earliest Baseball Memory:
Hitting into a triple play in his first tee-ball at bat