Stone, Strom Named Freshmen All-Americans
TUSCON, Ariz. - Stony Brook's Cameron Stone and UMass Lowell's Ian Strom have been named Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-Americans as selected by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the organization announced Wednesday.
Stone has been highly decorated for his outstanding rookie season, having already been named first-team All-America East and the America East Rookie of the Year. In 18 appearances, Stone had allowed just nine runs on 26 hits while striking out 45. Opponents hit just .194 against him, and he had a 1.96 ERA alongside eight saves. He was second in America East in saves and ninth in strikeouts, the only reliever in the conference to place in the top 10.
Four of Stone's eight saves on the season were in multi-inning appearances, including saves over USC, Albany and Marist. He had a 14-1/3 scoreless inning streak between March 9-18 and was nearly unhittable during conference play, when he had a 0.93 ERA and a .094 opponent batting average.
Stone is the 11th all-time #Seawolves player to earn the Louisville Slugger honor, and this is the fifth consecutive season that Stony Brook has placed at least one student-athlete on the team.
Strom made an immediate impact on the River Hawks lineup hitting .290 with nine doubles, 21 runs scored and 23 RBI. He picked up 13 multi hit games and eight multi run games for UMass Lowell.
Strom was recruited as a pitcher, but earned a spot in the outfield during the fall season and moved to centerfield after junior Geoff DeGroot suffered a season ending injury. He never looked out of place and finished the season with a .979 fielding percentage. A left-handed thrower, Strom did appear in five games as a pitcher. He did not allow an earned run and held opposing hitters to a .103 batting average.
Strom was honored by the America East Conference as a First Team All-Conference member and was also named to the All-Rookie Team.