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    May 8, 1998

    Northwestern Softball Grabs All-Conference Honors

    Brooke Siebel Named Big Ten Freshman of the Year

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Northwestern softball team had four players named to the 1998 All-Big Ten team, as voted on by the conference coaches. Brooke Siebel was a first-team selection at the utility position. She was also voted Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Siebel, who currently leads NU with a .349 average, led all Big Ten freshman in conference games in batting (.387), slugging percentage (.653), on-base percentage (.446), hits (29), runs (17), doubles (nine), RBIs (14) and total bases (49). She also tied the Northwestern single-season record with 13 doubles. As a pitcher, she is 6-5 with a 3.25 ERA and four complete games. Sophomore Jackie DeBoard was also named to the first-team as an at-large selection. DeBoard, who was a second-team all-conference pick a year ago, is currently 24-7 with a 1.16 ERA. Her 24 wins are tied for 13th in the country and her 1.16 ERA is second in the conference. Junior Lindsey Prezell and freshman Kyla Hattabaugh were each named to the second-team as outfielders. Prezell is fourth on the squad with a .319 overall average and second with a .343 average, 24 hits and 13 RBIs in conference games. Hattabaugh leads the club with 35 runs scored, a .537 slugging percentage and a .427 on-base percentage. She's also second on the team with a .340 overall average and 15 stolen bases.

    Northwestern, which lost in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament to Iowa yesterday, 5-2, is back in action today when they take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers at 9 a.m.