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    Baseball Captures All-Conference Honors

    Jeremy Kurella

    Kurella named Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

    May 14, 1998

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Four Northwestern baseball players were named to the All-Big Ten teams by the conference coaches, and Jeremy Kurella was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Junior John Seaman (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) was named first-team All-Big Ten, sophomore Brian Baron (Newhall, Calif./William S. Hart) earned second-team honors and on the third team were seniors Ollie Dunn (Washington, D.C./Maret) and Mike Strich (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice).

    Seaman, a starting pitcher, posted a 3.07 ERA and a 9-6 record in 82 innings this season. He struck out 42 and opponents had a team-low .240 batting average against him.

    Sophomore designated hitter Brian Baron batted .349 in 39 starts. He posted a .599 slugging percentage and scored 39 runs, as well as hitting 12 doubles.

    Strich, a fifth-year senior outfielder, led the team in average (.374), doubles (17), RBIs (49), and total bases (107) and tied the team lead for hits (67) and home runs (seven). He also posted a .982 fielding percentage in 49 starts. Dunn batted .312 and started all but one game for the 'Cats at second base. He scored 31 runs, notched 58 hits, and had five home runs.

    Shortstop Jeremy Kurella was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, the first Northwestern player to earn such honors, starting all 53 games. He batted .332 in a team-high 199 at-bats. Kurella led the team with 42 runs and six triples, as well as knocking in 39 runs and racking up 98 total bases.