Stanford third baseman Kenny Diekroeger has received yet another honor after being named a first team Freshman All-American by Baseball America. In June, Diekroeger was named to Collegiate Baseball's Freshman All-America squad.
Diekroeger continues to excel for the Newport Gulls in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. He's second in the league, batting .375 and is tied for fourth in the league with seven doubles. In the Gulls' July 4 victory over Newbedford, Diekroeger went 2-for-3 with one double and an RBI.
Diekroeger, who had led the league in hitting over the first two weeks of the summer, was named the NECBL player of the week for the week of June 27.
Baseball America's first team features one other Pac-10 player, Arizona pitcher Kurt Heyer. Diekroeger was one of only eight infielders selected to both. Three other Pac-10 players were named to their second team.
In his first year at Stanford after graduating from Menlo School, Diekroeger batted a team-best .356 and tied for the team lead with 41 RBIs. Diekroeger also had the fourth longest hit streak since 1988 for the Cardinal at 23 games.
Diekroeger's younger brother Danny, also an infielder, will be joining the Cardinal next season after coming off an impressive senior campaign at Menlo School where he hit .462.
Stanford grad Jim Dray, a seventh-round pick by Arizona in the NFL draft, was signed by the Cardinals to a four-year contract. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Dray, a 6-foot-5 tight end, had 41 catches for 455 yards and seven touchdowns during his 39-game career at Stanford.
Stanford men's rowing program will be well-represented at this weekend's third and final stage of the 2010 Rowing World Cup, boasting five alumni on a pair of U.S. boats. This tally includes an unprecedented representation of four Cardinal men making up the crew of the U.S. Men's Eight.
Alums David Banks ('05), Mark Murphy ('09), Alex Osborne ('09) and Silas Stafford ('08) will all row for the U.S. Eight at the competition set to take place in Lucerne, Switzerland from Friday through Sunday. Jake Cornelius ('05) rounds out the Cardinal contingent as he will make up one-half of the U.S. men's pair boat.
"The Stanford men's rowing team's representation at Lucerne is resounding," said Stanford Director of Rowing and men's head coach Craig Amerkhanian. "Silas, Alex, David, Mark and Jake have literally never stopped training since their Stanford days. London 2012 is their collective goal and the Stanford University community should be proud for supporting these men during their student-athlete days on The Farm. Without the Buck/Cardinal Club's generosity these dreams may have never materialized. Go USA and Go Stanford in Lucerne this weekend."
Stanford rowers will be lined up in every other seat of the U.S. Eight boat, with Stafford on stroke, Osborne in the No. 6 seat, Banks at No. 4 and Murphy at No. 2.
The U.S. will be making its first appearance in this year's World Cup cycle this weekend in Switzerland.
Banks, Cornelius and Osborne all competed at the 2009 World Rowing Championships last August in Poland, with Banks finishing fifth with the U.S. pair, and Cornelius and Osborne being part of the U.S. Eight that took third in the "B" Final. Murphy medaled at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships last July, earning silver as part of the U.S. men's four boat. Stafford rowed as part of the U.S. Eight at the Under 23 World Championships in 2008.
Stanford's Chad La Tourette finished second in the men's 1,500-meter freestyle prelims in 15:11.22 on Thursday on the opening night of the Los Angeles Grand Prix. The finals will be Saturday.
Advancing to the finals of the women's 800 free was Stanford's Kelsey Ditto, who was fifth (8:46.74) in the prelims on Thursday.
Stanford's Bobby Bollier won the prelims of the men's 200 fly on Friday morning (2:00.47) but Stanford grad Elaine Breeden was only 11th in the women's 200 fly prelims with a time of 2:13.57.
The meet continues through Sunday.