4/12/01 Feature: Freshman Is A Perfect Fit
General - Has put together one of the finest careers in the history of Stanford Baseball Arguably the nation's premier collegiate centerfielder Decided to Stanford for his senior year after having not signed a professional baseball contract after being drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 24th round of the 2003 MLB First-Year Player draft Has a chance to set several all-time school records in his senior season Has the entire package with the ability to hit, hit for power, run, throw and play excellent defense in center field with the ability to cover lots of ground Took over as the starter in center field early in his freshman season and has never relinquished the job One of the top defensive players in the nation Has excellent speed and is a threat to steal bases Expected to hit in the leadoff spot Has an even-keeled attitude Should be taken in the first couple of rounds of the 2004 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Cardinal Career - Earned All-American honors in each of his first two seasons and is a three-time All-Pac-10 choice ... Stanford's all-time leader in runs scored (266) and at bats (1054), while ranking among the school's all-time Top 10 in hits (353, #2), games played (256, #2), triples (16, #3T) and doubles (58, #6T) Has added a career .335 batting average, 16 homers, 148 RBI, 37 stolen bases, 491 total bases, 131 walks, 23 hit-by-pitches, 14 sacrifice bunts, 11 sacrifice flies, a .416 on-base percentage and a .466 slugging percentage Has 108 career multiple-hit games, including 24 three-hit games and 13 four-hit contests Stanford's active career leader in all the above categories other than batting average, homers, stolen bases, sacrifice bunts, sacrifice flies and slugging percentage Holds the all-time College World Series record with 24 hits and became the first Stanford player to be selected to the All-CWS team twice (2001, `02) with a career CWS batting average of .358 (24-67), adding four homers and 13 RBI in Omaha ... Also selected twice to NCAA All-Regional squads Broke Stanford's single-season record and paced the Pac-10 with 110 hits during his All-American sophomore campaign Has 19 career outfield assists.
2004 Season Notes (Senior) - Hitting .280 with four homers, 29 RBI and four stolen bases Has started all 56 games in center field, adding 60 runs scored, 65 hits, five doubles, a triple, a .396 on-base percentage and a .362 slugging percentage Has seven outfield assists Posted a season-high 12-game hit streak (4/2 - 4/23; .345, 19-55, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB).
2004 Individual Game Highlights/Notes (Senior)
5/30: Arizona State - 2-3, HR, RBI
5/22: USC - 2-5, RBI ... drove home game-tying run with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth and then came all the way around to score the eventual winning run on the play on a three-base error
5/21: USC - 2-4
5/17: at Arizona - 2-4
5/16: at Arizona - 1-5, HR, RBI, SB
5/8: at Washington - 2-4, 2 RBI
5/2: Washington State - 2-3, HR, 3 RBI ... season-high-tying RBI
4/23: at Sacramento State - 2-5
4/20: Saint Mary's - 3-6, RBI
4/17: California - 2-5
4/9: at Oregon State - 2-5, 2B
4/3: at UCLA - 2-4, 3B, HR, 3 RBI ... career-high-tying RBI
4/2: at UCLA - 2-4
3/28: Cal Poly - 2-4, SB
3/26: Cal Poly - 2-4, RBI, 3 runs ... tied season-high runs scored
3/24: at Santa Clara - 2 RBI
3/7: at USC - 3-6, RBI
3/5: at USC - 2 RBI
2/28: at California - 3 runs ... tied season-high runs scored
2/22: Texas - 2-4, SB, RBI
2/14: Kansas - 2-3, 2B
2/8: at Fresno State - 2 RBI
1/31: Cal State Fullerton - 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI
1/30: Cal State Fullerton - 2-4, RBI
2003 Season Notes (Junior) - Earned All-Pac-10 honors for the third straight season, hitting .321 with four homers, 35 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 10 attempts Paced the club and tied the school record in runs scored (83, #1T Pac-10, #23 NCAA), while also leading the squad with nine triples (#1T Pac-10, #17T NCAA) to fall just one three-bagger shy of the 51-year-old record held by Jack Shepard Also had Pac-10 and team-highs of 349 plate appearances and 302 at bats (third-most in school history) Posted 97 hits (#5 Pac-10, #10 on Stanford's single-season list), falling just three shy of becoming only the second player in Stanford history to post a pair of 100-plus hit seasons Also ranked among Pac-10 leaders in doubles (18, #8T Pac-10), total bases (145, #8T Pac-10) and bases on balls (34, #9 Pac-10) Third on the team with 27 multiple-hit games, including six three-hit contests and four four-hit games Started all 69 games in center field Hit .362 with six triples, a homer, 19 RBI and a stolen base while starting all 24 Pac-10 games Did not make an error in a Pac-10 contest for the second consecutive season with 51 chances Co-led the team with 15 postseason runs scored Put together a career-high 17-game hit streak (5/3-6/1) in which he hit .411 (30-73) after a previous 15-game hit streak (3/1-4/7) in which he batted .459 Reached base safely in 24 consecutive games (3/1-4/26) Had four triples over a five-game stretch (3/24-4/1) Hit his fourth career CWS homer in an 8-3 victory over Rice in the second game of the CWS Championship Series Doubled in front of Jonny Ash's game-tying homer in the CWS Bracket One final 7-5 victory in 10 innings over Cal State Fullerton (6/19) Hit his third career CWS homer by blasting a ball over the centerfield fence for a solo shot in a second round game versus Cal Sate Fullerton (6/15) Opened the 2003 CWS by going 3-for-4 and scoring a pair runs in Stanford's 8-0 win over South Carolina Scored the tying run in the second game of the NCAA Super Regional versus Long Beach State (6/7), reaching on a two-out error, stealing second base and scoring on an RBI single by Jonny Ash Was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, three RBI and three runs scored in an NCAA Regional game versus UC Riverside (5/31) Hit his ninth and final triple of the season versus Cal Poly (5/24), while also stealing a base, being hit twice and scoring three runs Posted triples in each of his last two games versus UCLA (5/17, 5/18), scoring the tying run in the eighth inning of a Pac-10 title-clinching 9-8, 10-inning win over the Bruins (5/18) after tripling Drove in the game-winning run with an RBI single in the top of the ninth inning in a 6-4 comeback victory at California (5/10) Posted his final four-hit contest of the season in the first game of a doubleheader at USC (5/4), going 4-for-5 with a triple, two RBI and a season-high four runs scored Had a big game versus Arizona (4/26), going 2-for-5 with a season-high four RBI, while hitting a key seventh inning two-run homer and a game-winning two-out, two-RBI double in the eighth Snapped a 5-5 tie with a two-out RBI single in the top of the 11th inning to spark a three-run rally in an 8-5 victory at Washington State (4/7) Had back-to-back three-hit games versus Washington, going 3-for-6 with a triple and two RBI in the series finale (3/30) after posting a 3-for-5 game with a double and an RBI the previous day (3/29) Posted back-to-back four-hit contests in the final two games of a series at Arizona State (3/23 - 4-6, 2 2B, 2 RBI; 3/24 - 4-5, 2 3B, RBI) with the first two-triple game of his career in the series finale, driving in the eventual game-winning run in the top of the 10th inning of a 9-8 win (3/23) and tying the game at 2-2 with a seventh inning RBI triple in a 4-2 victory (3/24) Was 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI versus California (3/9) Had his first four-hit game of the season by going 4-for-5 versus USC (3/1) Hit his first homer of the year at Cal State Fullerton (2/2), one day after a 3-for-4 performance versus the Titans (2/1) A First Team (NCBWA) and Third Team (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball) Preseason All-American Honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic.
2002 Season Notes (Sophomore) - Named a First Team (ABCA, Baseball America, Baseball Weekly) and Third Team (Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA) All-American Broke Stanford's single-season hit record and led the Pac-10 with 110 hits, while also pacing the club in batting average (.375, #3 Pac-10), doubles (20, #3 Pac-10), at bats (293, fifth on Stanford's single-season list, #1 Pac-10), total bases (162, #1 Pac-10), multiple-hit games (39), three-hit games (14) and four-hit games (3) Tied for the team lead with four triples (#5T Pac-10), while ranking second on the club with 67 runs scored (#3 Pac-10) and third with a .426 on-base percentage Played in all 65 games with 64 starts Earned a pair of Stanford team honors in 2002: the Jack Shepard Memorial Award (given annually to the Stanford player with the highest batting average) and the Come Through Award Found a power stroke with eight homers after not homering in his freshman season Earned a spot on the All-College World Series team for the second straight year after leading the Cardinal with a .421 (8-19) batting average and two homers in four CWS games Led the club in Pac-10 play with a .425 batting average, 45 hits, 31 runs scored, 27 RBI and seven stolen bases, while adding co-team-highs of eight doubles and two triples, as well as four homers Also had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 61 Pac-10 chances Had an incredible stretch with multiple-hit games in 22 of 25 contests (4/14-5/31), hitting .509 (56-110) with four homers, 24 RBI and seven stolen bases during the period Added a pair of four-hit games and seven three-hit efforts during the stretch Had eight consecutive multiple-hit games during the 25-game stretch, going 19-for-33 (.576) Had a season-high nine-game hit streak to conclude the 25-game stretch (5/12-5/31), going 22-for-43 (.512) Was 3-for-5 with an RBI in Stanford's first CWS loss to Texas (6/17), including a ninth inning RBI single that cut the Longhorn lead to a single run Hit his first career CWS homer, a solo shot in Stanford's 4-3 CWS opening win over Notre Dame (6/15) Struggled in the final three games of the NCAA Regional (1-14, .071) but had a key one-out single for his only hit during the period to start a five-run fifth inning rally that snapped a 2-2 tie and led the Cardinal to an 8-4 victory over Long Beach State (6/2) in the Regional championship game Was 3-for-5 with a double versus Washington State (5/26) in the regular season finale after going 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI against Washington State (5/24) in the series opener Had three consecutive three-hit games versus Arizona State (5/12 - 3-4, 2B, 3B), at Nevada (5/14 - 3-5, RBI) and at UCLA (5/17 - 3-5, RBI) Homered, drove in two runs and stole a base at Santa Clara (5/7) Homered and tied a career-high with two stolen bases versus California (5/5) Was 3-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and a stolen base versus California (5/3) Had a huge game at Oregon State (4/28), going 4-for-4 with a double, homer, two RBI, two bases on balls, a stolen base and a career-high five runs scored Was 3-for-4 with an RBI versus Sacramento State (4/24) Stole a pair of bases for the first time in his career at Washington (4/21) Tied a career-high four hits versus Saint Mary's (4/16 - 4-6, 3B, RBI) Was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and a pair of RBI versus USC (4/14) Had a game-winning RBI single with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Cardinal to a 6-5 comeback win over USC (4/12) Had a big game hitting in the number nine spot for the first time of the year at Arizona (4/6), going 3-for-5 with a double, triple, homer and a career-high six RBI (tied for the most by a Cardinal player in 2002) Was 13-for-32 (.406) with five doubles and three RBI during a seven-game hit streak (3/10-3/30) Tied a career-high with four hits at Fresno State (2/16 - 4-4, RBI) Also had three-hit games versus Texas (3/30 - 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI), versus Cal Poly (3/1 - 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI), twice at Florida State (2/9 - 3-6; 2/10 - 3-5, 2B) and versus Cal State Fullerton (2/1 - 3-4, 2 2B) Hit his first collegiate home run versus Brigham Young (2/12) Posted a torrid six-game hit streak (2/8-2/16), going 14-for-26 (.538) with two doubles, a homer and three RBI during the stretch Named a Third Team Preseason All-American (Baseball America).
2001 Season Notes (Freshman) - Had a tremendous rookie collegiate season, ranking third on the club with a .357 batting average Earned Third Team All-American (NCBWA) honors Also named Second Team Freshman All-American (Baseball America), All-College World Series, All-NCAA Regional, All-Pac-10 and honorable mention Freshman All-American (Collegiate Baseball) Among the team's leaders in bases on balls (32, 1st-T, #6-T Pac-10), runs scored (56, 2nd, #5 Pac-10), on-base percentage (.441, 2nd), stolen bases (11, 2nd-T), triples (2, 2nd-T), hits (81, 3rd-T, #9-T Pac-10) and doubles (15, 3rd-T) Had a tremendous postseason, hitting .396 with a team-best 19 hits and co-team highs of four doubles, two stolen bases and 11 RBI Had both of the club's postseason triples Led the squad with six four-hit games, including a pair of postseason four-hit contests versus Tulane (6/8 - 4-4, 2B, 3 RBI) and Marist (5/26 - 4-5, 2B, 2 RBI) Also had a three-hit postseason game versus South Carolina (6/2 - 3-5, 2 2B) with a season-high two doubles Hit a two-RBI triple in the top of the 10th inning to key a 5-2 Cardinal victory over Cal State Fullerton (6/10) in the second game of the CWS Played a crucial role in the NCAA Regional opening 4-3 victory over Marist (5/26), tying the game with an RBI triple in the fifth inning and then squeezing home Chris O'Riordan in the seventh inning for the go-ahead run, finishing the contest 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI Posted a season-high 13-game hit streak (3/23-4/12), going 23-for-50 (.460) with five doubles, 10 RBI and three steals during the stretch His average rose from .214 to .352 (138 points) during the streak, which was the third-longest by a Cardinal player in 2001 Also put together a torrid eight-game hit streak (5/13-5/27) in which he was 19-for-36 (.528) with two doubles, a triple, nine RBI, three stolen bases and five multiple-hit games (including three of his six four-hit contests) Was 7-for-13 (.538) in the final regular season series at Washington State (5/19-5/21) Had seven multiple-hit contests in his last 11 regular season games and a career-high-tying four hits in two of his last four regular season contests versus Arizona (5/13 - 4-5) and at Washington State (5/19 - 4-6, 3 RBI) Posted his first two career four-hit games at Nevada (4/10 - 4-5, 2B, 3 RBI) and versus Oregon State (4/14 - 4-5, 2 RBI) before going 4-for-5 versus Arizona (5/13) and 4-for-6 with three RBI at Washington State (5/19) Had regular season three-hit games versus Washington (3/24 - 3-5, SB) and UCLA (4/8 - 3-5, 2B) Ranked tied for second on the club with 12 multiple-RBI games and tied for third on the team with 22 multiple-hit games Started 57 contests and appeared in 66 of the team's 68 games Posted a .378 batting average (second on the club) in Pac-10 action with four steals and 17 RBI.
High School - A 2000 graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy Named a 2000 Preseason First Team All-American by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, USA Today and Fox Sports Listed 19th among the 100 Top High School Prospects of 2000 by Baseball America Also selected the New Hampshire 2000 Gatorade High School Player of the Year Four-time Central New England Prep School Baseball League All-Conference player Four-time team MVP and three-time team captain Led his club to a league title as a junior in 1999 Combined for 13 home runs and 44 stolen bases in prep career Hit .550 with six homers, 12 RBI and 13 stolen bases as a senior Batted .600 with three homers, 22 RBI and nine steals in junior campaign Hit .489 with four homers, 22 RBI and 11 stolen bases as a sophomore Batted .613 with 11 stolen bases in rookie prep year Coached by Bill Dennehy.
Amateur Summer Baseball - Had a huge summer in the Cape Cod League in 2003 to help the Hyannis Mets into the playoffs, earning a spot on the All-League team with a .361 batting average, 14 RBI and 10 stolen bases Played in the 2003 Cape Cod League All-Star game Played with Team USA for the second consecutive year in the summer of 2002 but struggled with a .190 batting average, 13 RBI and four stolen bases for the 2002 FISU World Championship runners-up One of three Stanford players on the Team USA roster in 2001, finishing the summer with a .310 batting average and playing in all 29 of the team's games with 26 starts Also picked up four doubles, a triple, four RBI and three stolen bases to go with a .442 on-base percentage for the Americans Played from 1998-2000 with the Dover Post American Legion team, earning 2000 New Hampshire State Tournament MVP honors and leading his club to a state championship.
Personal - Economics major Son of Kenneth Fuld and Amanda Merrill A diabetic who enjoys working with other diabetic kids Favorite sports team is the Boston Red Sox, while Bill Mueller is his favorite athlete Earliest baseball memory is hitting whiffle balls with his grandmother.
Career Game Highs
AB - 7, three times, last at USC (3/6/04)
R - 5, at Oregon State (4/28/02)
H - 4, 13 times, last at USC (5/4/03 - Game 1)
HR - 1, 16 times, last vs. Arizona State (5/30/04)
RBI - 6, at Arizona (4/6/02)
SB - 2, twice, last vs. California (5/5/02)
Hit Streak - 17 games (5/3/03-6/1/03)
2004 Season Highs
AB - 7, at USC (3/6/04)
R - 3, vs. Cal Poly (3/26/04)
H - 2, twice, last vs. Saint Mary's (4/20/04)
HR - 1, four times, last vs. Arizona State (5/30/04)
RBI - 3, three times, last vs. Washington State (5/2/04)
SB - 1, eight times, last vs. USC (5/23/04)
Hit Streak - 12 games (4/2/04-4/23/04)
Last Updated: 9/30/04