Electrifying centerfielder who entrenched his name in the NCAA, BIG EAST Conference and Notre Dame record books (see below) ? became part of College World Series history when his triple sparked three-run, ninth-inning rally vs. Rice in 5-3 CWS elimination game (?02) ? also thrilled the CWS crowd with several dazzling catches ? one of just four players to earn consensus first-team All-America honors for 2002 (he and Clemson SS Khalil Greene were the only position players, plus Houston pitcher Brad Sullivan and Richmond pitcher Tim Stauffer) ? fourth-highest drafted player in Notre Dame baseball history, as Oakland A?s second-round pick (67th overall) ? classic "table setter" who made things happen with his speed ... packed plenty of heart and competitiveness into 5-8, 155-pound frame ... made steady progress at the plate, with surprising gap power to complement his devastating bunting ... his great defensive instincts and closing speed allowed staff to pitch more aggressively ... first repeat winner of BIG EAST player of the year and second to add BIG EAST Tournament MVP in same season ? joined centerfielder Eric Danapilis ('93) and righthander Aaron Heilman ('01) as third Irish player to be consensus first team All-American ? rated by Baseball America in 2002 as nation?s "best player under 5-10" and "the Roy Jones of college baseball" (best pound-for-pound) ? rated in BA?s 2002 preview edition as one of the nation?s three fasters runners (clocked down the line in 3.65 seconds, on a bunt, with personal-best 60-yard dash time of 6.5) ... started all 256 games of his career (all in center field) missing just 25 innings (of 2,192; playing 98.9 pct.) ? logged 765 consecutive innings (?99-?00) ? went 50 games without an error (?01-?02), with just eight career Es ? posted .430 career batting in 22 NCAA Tournament games (40-for-93, 26 runs) ? averaged .395 batting vs. lefthanders in his career ? collected seven double-digit hitting streaks in his career ? started career 0-for-17, with pair of three-game hitless streaks in ?99 (his longest "slumps" from 2000-02 were two games) ? saw his average jump roughly 40 points each season (.326-.362-.400-.439) ? fourth ND player to hit .400-plus in multiple seasons ... posted 123 multi-hit games (one five-hit, 12 four-hit, 30 three-hit) and .505 career batting at Eck Stadium (22 BB, 3 Ks) ? member of winningest class in ND baseball history (188-67-1) ?fourth-highest-drafted player in ND baseball history (second among seniors and position players) ... was 27th U.S. college player selected in ?02 draft, ninth outfielder and third college OF? rated by BA prior to ?02 as nation?s No. 9 senior prospect (80th overall) ? 50th-round Florida Marlins pick in ?01 ? led Cape Cod wooden-bat league with .329 batting (summer 2000), earning spot in CCL all-star game as leadoff batter for Brewster Whitecaps ? named by BA as 2001 Summer All-American, as MVP of Great Lakes League while playing with Delaware (Ohio) Cows (.442, 23 stolen bases) ? married the former Brooke Danielle May on Jan. 5, 2002.
IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Joined another 2002 CWS performer (Clemson?s Greene) near the top of the Division I all-time lists for consecutive starts (256, second behind Greene?s 269; with Arizona?s Chip Hale owning the previous record of 255, from ?84-?87) and career hits (385, third behind Greene?s 403 and Wichita State?s Phil Stephenson?s 418 from ?79-?82), ? also set Irish records for career runs (256), stolen bases (116), at-bats (1,003), games played and starts (both 256), ranking second in ND record book for total bases (461) and sac. bunts (30), third in batting average (.384), seventh in walks (126), ninth in triples (12), 11th in on-base pct. (.449) and 13th in doubles (47) ? set BIG EAST career records for hits (154), runs (110), games played (102) and at-bats (99) in BIG EAST regular-season games, plus a .381 career batting average in BIG EAST play (20th among players with 100-plus ABs, 10th among 200-plus), also ranking third with seven career BIG EAST triples ? ended career ranked in 13 of 20 career categories in ND record book (second only to Danapilis? 15) ? his other career stats included two home runs, 121 RBI, nearly a 2-to-1 K-to-walk ratio (126/65) and 562 putouts ? broke ND career records held by four previous Irish players: Pat Pesavento ?89 (204 consecutive starts, 296 H and 246 R, from ?87-?90), Scott Sollmann (101 SB, ?94-?96), J.J. Brock (238 starts, ?94-?98) and Alec Porzel (239 games played, ?98-?02) ? bested previous BIG EAST records held by Rutgers teammates Darren Fenster (138 H) and David DeJesus (93 R) ? his more noteworthy entries in the ND season record book include: the 3rd (.439, in ?02) and 12th-best (.400, in ?01) season batting averages; 102 hits in ?01 (3rd) and an ND record 119 in ?02; a .506 on-base pct. in ?02 (7th); 77 runs in ?02 (4th) and 76 in ?01 (5th); 32 stolen bases in ?02 (4th), 31 in ?01 (5th), 29 in ?00 (7th) and 24 in ?99 (11th); 147 total bases in ?02 (9th); 13 sac. bunts in ?00 (4th); and 24.6 at-bats per K in ?02 (6th).
AS A SENIOR: Consensus first team All-American, national player-of-the-year finalist and repeat BIG EAST player of the year ? team co-captain, alongside third baseman Andrew Bushey ... collected hits in 59 of 68 games ? led BIG EAST in overall batting (.439, 8th in nation; 3rd in ND history/best since ?93), on-base pct. (.506), runs (77, 4th ND history), hits (ND record 119, besting Dan Peltier?s 115 in ?89) and total bases (147), ranking 2nd among BIG EAST players in stolen bases (32), 3rd in walks (38), 4th in triples (4) ? posted BIG EAST-best numbers for conference batting (.431) and runs (30) in BIG EAST regular season, plus 3rd in league on-base (.508), 4th in SBs (11), 6th in total bases (57), 8th in doubles (8) ? his other ?02 numbers included just 11 Ks in 271 at-bats (nation-best 24.6 ABs per K), one home run, three triples, 17 doubles and eight sac. bunts ? made just one error in 159 chances (.994 fielding pct.), on controversial dropped-ball call at Seton Hall ? totaled 39 multi-hit games (five 4-hit) ? hit .381 with two outs, .522 with RBI chances and advancing 62.6% of baserunners (all team bests), also reaching on team-53.2% of leadoff plate appearances (second-best) ? hit 4-for-5 in early games vs. Fairfield, Sacred Heart and Creighton ? his two-run double sparked key 10-6 comeback at West Virginia (10 inn.) ? hit 4-for-9 in sweep of Virginia Tech (3 R) and 3-for-4 in 9-4 win over Arizona State (2 RBI, 2 R) ? suffered just third career 0-for-5 game, vs. Michigan (first in 195 games), and had multiple Ks (2) for first time in 95 games ? singled and scored winning run (from first) on Steve Sollmann?s memorable game-ending single vs. Rutgers (5-4, after the centerfielder walked away from the hit into shallow center) ? also hit 2-2 in 7-2 win over RU (RBI, 2 R, 3 BB) ? opened BIG EAST Tournament MVP performance with opposite-field triple to left field, in 8-3 win over RU (RBI, 3 R, 3B, BB), before drawing walk to start four-run, 8th-inning rally (7-4) that beat Virginia Tech (8-4) ? played his part in record-setting NCAA win over South Alabama (25-1; 4-for-5, 2 RBI, 4 R, BB) ? capped all-NCAA South Bend Regional effort (7-for-14) by hitting 2-for-4 in clincher vs. Ohio State (9-6; 2 RBI, R) before scoring twice in 10-4 Super-Regional opener at top-ranked Florida State (2B, BB) ? earned spot on all-College World Series team (5-for-13), making several highlight-reel catches vs. Rice before driving full-count triple to right-center (vs. LHP Justin Crowder) to spark three-run, game-ending rally.
AS A JUNIOR: Earned All-America and co-BIG EAST player of the year (with UConn centerfielder Mike Scott), finishing 43rd in nation with .400 batting and starting all 63 games... first ND player since ?89 to crack 100 hits (102) ... led BIG EAST in runs (76) and triples (5), 2nd in stolen bases (31-of-39), 3rd in batting and on-base pct. (.457), 6th in total bases (129) ... had 12 more walks (29) than Ks, with 14 doubles and first career home run ... made just two errors (.987, 3 assists) ... led team with .530 leadoff on-base pct., 2nd in overall on-base (.457) and 3rd in slugging (.506) ... hit leadoff in 55 games ... all-tournament at Alamo Invitational (7-for-12, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 SB), MVP at Fresno State Classic (14-for-27, 4 RBI) ... singled and scored on Brian Stavisky?s grand slam before moving Sollmann to third, setting up O?Toole?s game-ending hit in 5-4 win over host Bulldogs (10 inn.), plus three hits in title game vs. Portland (7-6) ... had two-RBI single in eight-run 6th at Rutgers (10-2) ... the next day, he legged out a 9th-inning single as Irish rallied for three runs and eventual 5-4 win in 11 ... homered over Eck Stadium rightfield fence in 15-2 win over Villanova ... hit 4-for-5 in 13-12 rally vs. UConn (4 RBI, 3 R), with his two-run triple over centerfielder?s head tying game in the 9th (before scoring on Sollmann?s sac. fly) ... had first career 5-hit game in NCAAs vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee (12-4) ... made highlight-reel catch-and-throw to hold runner at third in first battle with Florida International ... plated three runs in 11-10 NCAA elimination-game win over UCSB, including game-saving single to left on a 2-2 count (scoring O?Toole for 10-10 game in the 9th) ... named to NCAA all-South Bend Regional team (14-for-23, 8 R).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Led team in batting (.362), runs (51, 8th BIG EAST), stolen bases (29, 2nd BE), walks (34, 4th BE), sac. bunts (13) and on-base (.443) while starting all 64 games ... second among BIG EAST players with 85 hits ... posted team-best .440 batting with RBI chances ... advanced runners team-best 63% of time ... had two errors (.988, three assists) ... hit .438 over final 25 games ... led team with 27 multi-hit games ... all-tournament at Minnesota Classic (6-for-10, 4 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 4 SB), helping beat Wake Forest (8-5; 3H, RBI, R, SB) ... played key role in 12-1 win over BC (3 H, 3 RBI, 3 R) ... hit 4-for-9 vs. Seton Hall (RBI, 2R, 2B, SB), 4-for-10 vs. St. John?s (2 RBI, 4 R, 2B, 2 BB, 3 SB) and 5-for-11 in BIG EAST Tournament ... became fan favorite of "Leftfield Lounge" fans who ring outfield at Mississippi State?s Dudy Noble Field, at NCAA Starkville Regional (7-for-19, RBI, 5 R, 3B, 2 BB, 2 SB) ... helped fuel 10-6 comeback vs. Tulane (2 H, 2 R) ... singled and scored in 7-0 win over Mississippi State ... tripled and scored in regional title-game loss to MSU (10-9).
AS A FRESHMAN: Only freshman to receive all-BIG EAST honors (2nd team) and unanimous all-rookie team pick ... honorable mention Freshman All-American (Collegiate Baseball) ... overcame 0-for-17 start to finish fifth on team with .326 batting ... started all 61 games, batting leadoff in final 51 games ... third on team with 53 runs ... led team, third in BIG EAST with 24 SBs ... tied for team hit lead (79), plus 29 RBI, six doubles and 25 walks ... made three errors (.975, three assists) ... second on squad with .385 BIG EAST batting ... led Irish with 23 multi-hit games ? had four RBI vs. Southern Illinois (15-5; 3-for-5, R) ... named all-tournament at Irish Baseball Classic (4-for-12, 4 R, 3 SB) ... hit 4-for-6 to cap sweep of Villanova (10-8; R, RBI) ... had 12-game hit streak (April 10-25) ... hit 9-for-13 vs. BC, followed by 4-for-5 vs. Michigan (14-4) ... hit 7-for-13 vs. Seton Hall (4 RBI in 17-8 finale) ... singled in first inning vs. Miami Hurricanes, stole third and scored on Alec Porzel single for only run (1-0) ... helped beat Creighton in NCAAs (8-1; 2 H, 2 BB).
PREP & PERSONAL: Accomplished athlete at Worthington Christian HS, leading, team win first district baseball title in school history (?97) ? first team all-state three times ... set school records for season batting (.595, in ?96) and career stolen bases (124) ... helped team take second at ?97 National Amateur Baseball Federation World Series (Evansville, Ind.) ... point guard on ?97 basketball district champs and basketball team captain as a senior ... played football as a freshman QB ... posted 4.0 GPA ... member of National Honor Society and student body president ... received Joshua Leadership Award and Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award ... born Dec. 23, 1979, in Oxford, Ohio ... son of Mike and Sharilyn Stanley ... full name is Steve Van Ormer Stanley ... graduated with marketing major from Mendoza College of Business.
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