Senior Sammy Albanese leads the NU charge with an early home run
2014: Appeared in 44 games, starting 38 times at first base and twice as the DP while appearing at first as a defensive replacement twice and pinch hitting twice ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Had a career game in an 11-1 (5) run-rule win over Penn State (2/16), driving in the first four runs of her career during a 2-for-3 performance that featured the first home run of her career ... Drove in a run and scored in a 4-2 win against San Diego State (2/22) ... Went 2-for-4 including a two-run, walk-off, 8th-inning home run in an 8-6 victory over Wisconsin (3/21) ... Was 1-for-2 with a double, a walk and two runs scored in a run-rule win against Northern Illinois (3/26) ... Had just two at-bats in a three-game set at Iowa because she drew three walks and laid down two perfect sacrifice bunts (4-5/4-6) ... Finished with a career-high three hits including a double and three RBIs in a win at No. 14 Minnesota (4/11) ... Drove in two more runs the next night against the Gophers ... Collected a pair of hits in the second game of a doubleheader at Illinois (4/22) ... Doubled and walked in the regular season finale against Michigan State (5/4).
2013: After missing the first two weekends of 2013 due to injury, made her season-debut with a start at first base in a win against No. 4 Tennessee (2/22) ... Finished the season with 22 starts at first and six defensive replacement appearances ... Started primarily in the flex position in the offensive lineup ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar ... Academic All-Big Ten ... NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete ... Walked, was hit by a pitch and scored the first run of her career in a run-rule victory over Notre Dame (4/9) ... Turned an unassisted double play in NU's opening round win over Indiana at the Big Ten Tournament (5/9).
2012: Started one game as the designated player ... Appeared in seven other games, six as a pinch hitter and another as an injury substitution at third base ... Drew a walk in pinch hit duty against Syracuse (2/24) ... Recorded a pinch hit single against Fairfield (3/16).
High School: Three-time Newark Star Ledger first-team All-County, Asbury Park Press All-Shore Conference and Class A North All-Division selection ... Named first-team all-state, Monmouth County Player of the Year, Team MVP and a finalist for the New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year in 2010 ... Led the conference in hits (63) and runs scored (44) along with a 14-1 record with a 1.28 ERA in the circle in 2010 ... Holds her high school's career records for hits (138) and doubles (32) along with single-season marks for batting average (.583), hits (63) and doubles (14) ... High school won the 2009 and 2010 overall Group III state championships with three-straight Group III sectional titles ... Was the winning pitcher and hit a three-run home run in the Group III state semifinals in 2010 and had the game-winning RBI in the title game in 2009 ... High school had a 22-game winning streak and a school-record 30 wins in 2010, earning the school's first No. 1 state ranking and a No. 22 USA Today national ranking ... Had played club with the West Jersey Witches-Dimon (2008-09), the NJ Breakers Gold (2009-10) and the Gold Coast Hurricanes (2010-present) ... Finished fourth at the Colorado Fireworks and 17th at ASA 16U Nationals with West Jersey before competing at ASA Gold Nationals with the NJ Breakers ... Eagle Scholar high honor roll every semester of her career ... French Honor Society ... AP Scholar ... Peer Leader ... Winner of the Eastman Scholar Award and a member of the Monmouth County Leadership Conference.
Personal: Born Julia Rose Kuhn ... Daughter of Steve and Maryellen Kuhn ... Sister, Liza, graduated from Princeton University and competed as a pitcher on the Tigers' softball team ... Younger brother, Ben, is a high school wrestler ... Has an uncle who played high school soccer with NU head men's soccer coach Tim Lenahan ... Chose Northwestern over Princeton, Florida and Virginia ... Majoring in human communication sciences.
GET TO KNOW KUHN
If you could be any other NU Athlete for a day, who would you be? Garland Cooper Favorite Athlete...my sister, Liza Kuhn, pitcher at Princeton University. She's someone I've always looked up to in so many ways. Favorite Food... Sushi Favorite Song...Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Nicknames... Jules, Juj, Juji Hobbies...hanging out with my family, going to the beach Favorite Reality Show...Toddlers & Tiaras Favorite actor/actress... James Marsden and Rachel McAdams If you were a super hero, what would your super power and name be? I'm not sure what my name would be but I'd definitely be able to fly! Favorite Movie... Law Abiding Citizen If you could spend a day with any three people, alive or dead, who would they be? My grandfather on my dad's side (I never got to meet him), my grandfather on my mom's side (he passed away when I was pretty young), and my dad's grandmother (I've heard so much about how she was such an amazing person) Favorite pro sports team... Boston Red Sox Favorite TV shows...Toddlers & Tiaras, Jersey Shore, New Girl, Glee When I was little, I wanted to be a... Marine biologist and a photographer No one can believe that I...have lived in 7 different houses and I have really small feet (size 6.5!) I hate to admit it but I love...Temple Run Secret talent...I can touch my tongue to my nose! Pre game ritual... I listen to the same songs before every game. If I could play any other sport at NU, it would be...Women's volleyball An artist that no one would believe I have on my ipod...Frank Sinatra Favorite midnight snack...Doritos If I could eat one meal for the rest of my life it would be...my dad's Caesar salad with my mom's meatball stew Favorite class at NU... French After I graduate I want to be...in a profession that allows me to work with children. Favorite Holiday Tradition...Fourth of July family party in Ocean City, NJ with all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins. Something that is on your bucket list... go skydiving A place I would love to visit... Australia Facebook or Twitter? I have to stick with Facebook because I love all of the pictures! If I could be any character from a TV show or Movie I would be...Lena from the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants Best thing about NU...the people here! Favorite NUSB memory... my first NUSB Thanksgiving dinner If you were on the amazing race, what teammate would go with you? Sammy, because she's travelled to so many places! Funniest person on the team? Jenny Best dancer on the team? I can't choose between Ris, Allard and Sammy! Biggest prankster on the team? Allard If you were on minute to win it, who would be your partner? Scharkey If you got into the Cash Cab, which teammates would you want to be with you? Sheiki and Mari