National Collegiate Baseball Writers November 18, 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: Russell Anderson
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Cal State Fullerton's Romero leads nation's best
DALLAS (NCBWA) – Led by standout lefthander Ricky Romero (14-4 last season) of defending NCAA champion Cal State Fullerton, the sixth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association 2005 Preseason All-America Team might be a dream-come-true for any Division I coach.

Romero joins standout starters Cesar Ramos (12-4) of Long Beach State, Aaron Rawl (13-4) of South Carolina and Jeff Lincecum (10-3) of Washington for a combined 2004 mark of 49-15 while relief aces Will Startup of Georgia, Ryan Doherty of Notre Dame and Blair Erickson of UC Irvine with 40 total saves among them on the first team.

Last summer's 2004 NCBWA postseason squad featured several solid seniors and many drafted juniors and had just two returnees for the pre-2005 squad. Nebraska 3B Alex Gordon (.365-18 HR-75 RBI) and William & Mary OF Chris Rahl (.389-20 HR-70 RBI) were first team members of the '04 after-year group.

The '05 entity included student-athletes from 15 different conferences and is dominated by juniors. There were 30 members of this class, 16 seniors and 12 sophomores on the "dream" team. No freshmen made the squad as committee selection was based largely on 2004 season performances.

An almost-all-junior infield (with senior John Mayberry of Stanford representing the fourth-year people) on the first unit includes Mayberry's Stanford teammate Jed Lowrie at second base, Long Beach State shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and catcher Kiel Thibault of Gonzaga. The top unit outfield features sluggers Rahl, Brad Corley (.380-19 HR-55 RBI) of Mississippi State and Ohio State's Steve Carvati (.391-9 HR-52 RBI). The first team included five standouts who either were Players of the Year or Pitchers of the Year for their conferences last spring and summer. Relief man Blair Erickson of UC Irvine led the nation with 17 saves in 30 appearances.

The NCBWA second squad includes 12 youngsters whose teams made the '04 NCAA tournament and Team USA catching stalwart Taylor Teagarden of '04 NCAA runnerup Texas. Seven of the eight pitchers on the second team had earned run averages under 3.50 against aluminum-bat competition while these standouts averaged almost one strikeout per inning pitched.

On the third team nationally-recognized 2B Justin Turner and OF Danny Dorn of Cal State Fullerton, 1B Michael Paulk (17 homers) of Cal State Northridge, '04 freshman sensation SS Shelby Ford of TCU, and OF Craig Cooper of Notre Dame are among a cavalcade of talent. Three of the pitchers among that crew posted double-figure wins while the relief trio combined for 26 saves.

Gonzaga's Thibault leads all hitters selected with a .424 average as a sophomore while nine of the batsmen smashed at least 16 home runs. There are 13 returnees from 2004 NCAA World Series participants Cal State Fullerton, Texas, Georgia, Arizona, South Carolina, LSU, and Miami (Fla.) on all units. Every team but a balanced 2004 Arkansas squad had representation in the NCBWA advance '05 balloting.

A committee of NCBWA officers and board members chose the 2005 edition after receiving over 300 nominees from 100-plus Division I programs.

Pos. First Team School Ht. Wt Cl. Hometown
1B John Mayberry Stanford 6-5 230 Sr. Kansas City, Mo.
2B Jed Lowrie Stanford 6-0 185 Jr. Salem, Ore.
3B Alex Gordon Nebraska 6-1 205 Jr. Lincoln, Neb.
SS Troy Tulowitzki Long Beach State 6-3 200 Jr. Sunnyvale, Calif.
C Kiel Thibault Gonzaga 6-0 195 Jr. Jerome, Idaho
OF Brad Corley Mississippi State 6-1 198 Jr, Louisville, Ky.
OF Steve Carvati Ohio State 6-0 190 Sr. Dover, Ohio
OF Chris Rahl William & Mary 6-0 185 Jr. Chesapeake, Va.
UT Stephen Head Ole Miss 6-2 220 Jr. Raymond, Miss.
SP Jeff Lincecum Washington 5-11 155 So. Renton, Wash.
SP Cesar Ramos Long Beach State 6-2 190 Jr. Pico Rivera, Calif.
SP Aaron Rawl South Carolina 5-10 187 Sr. Lexington, S.C.
SP Ricky Romero Cal State Fullerton 6-1 195 Jr. E. Los Angeles, Calif.
RP Ryan Doherty Notre Dame 7-1 220 Jr. Toms River, N.J.
RP Blair Erickson UC Irvine 6-1 210 So. Fair Oaks, Calif.
RP Will Startup Georgia 6-1 185 Jr. Cartersville, Ga.
Second Team: 1B Josh Morris, Georgia, So.; 2B Warner Jones, Vanderbilt, Jr.; (tie) 3B Ryan Zimmerman, Virginia, Jr.; 3B Jim Geldhof, Central Michigan, Sr.; SS Cameron Blair, Texas Tech, Sr.; C Taylor Teagarden, Texas, Jr.; OF Trevor Crowe, Arizona, Jr.; OF Travis Buck, Arizona State, Jr.; OF Byron Barber, College of Charleston, Sr.; DH/ATH Dennis Bigley, Oral Roberts, Jr.; SP Wade LeBlanc, Alabama, So.; SP Jason Urquidez, Arizona State, Sr.; SP Cesar Carillo, Miami (Fla.), Sr.; SP Ian Kennedy, Southern California, So.; SP Mark Romanczuk, Stanford, Jr.; RP Danny Gil, Miami (Fla.), Jr.; RP Craig Hansen, St. John's, Jr.; RP Anthony Rea, Santa Clara, Sr.
Third Team: 1B Michael Paulk, Cal State Northridge, Jr.; 2B Justin Turner, Cal State Fullerton, Jr.; 2B Jim Negrych, Pittsburgh, So.; 3B Steve Pearce, South Carolina, Sr.; SS Shelby Ford, TCU, So.; C Schuyler Williamson, Army, Sr.; C Jeff Clement, Southern California, Jr.; OF Danny Dorn, Cal State Fullerton, Jr.; OF Ryan Patterson, LSU, Sr.; OF Jon Jay, Miami (Fla.), Jr.; OF Craig Cooper, Notre Dame, Jr.; OF Drew Stubbs, Texas, So.;
DH/ATH Brian Bogusevic, Tulane, Jr.; SP Daniel Bard, North Carolina, So.; SP Ronald Hill, UNC-Wilmington, Sr.; SP Clayton Turner, Northwestern State, Sr.; SP Zach Zuercher, Rhode Island, Jr.; SP Patrick Ezell, Southern Miss, So.; SP Jason Meyer, Texas A&M, So.; SP Michael Gardner, Texas-Arlington, Jr.; SP Ryan Mullins, Vanderbilt, Sr.; RP Neil Jamison, Long Beach State, Sr.; RP J. Brent Cox, Texas, Jr.; RP Brian Pellegrini, St. Bonaventure, So.
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