Stanford's Diekroeger makes freshman All-American team in baseball

Former Menlo School standout is also first freshman to lead Stanford in hitting since 1997

Stanford third baseman Kenny Diekroeger from Menlo School is one of 11 third basemen selected to Collegiate Baseball's Freshman All-America team, completing a solid first-year campaign for the Cardinal infielder.

Diekroeger, the Pac-10's Freshman of the Year and a first-team All-Pac-10 selection, became the first Cardinal freshman since Edmund Muth in 1997 to lead Stanford in hitting (.356). He was the team's co-leader in RBI (41) with second baseman Colin Walsh, and also scored 42 runs. He was second on the team with five home runs. Diekroeger's 23-game hit streak this season was the team's fourth-longest since 1988.

Kenny's younger brother, Danny, who hit .462 in 31 games for Menlo School, is slated to join his brother as an infielder in 2011.

Collegiate Baseball named TCU's Matt Purke the National Freshman Pitcher of The Year (13-0, 3.40 ERA, 122 strikeouts, 27 walks) and St. John's outfielder Jeremy Baltz the National Freshman Player of The Year (.396, 24 HR, 16 2B, 85 RBI).

--Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Sports Information


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