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OMAHA -- Four University of Iowa baseball players -- Nick Allgeyer, Tyler Cropley, Robert Neustrom, and Chris Whelan -- were named All-Big Ten selections for the 2018 season.

Allgeyer (starting pitcher), Cropley (catcher), and Neustrom (outfielder) were named to the first team, while Whelan (designated hitter) was a third-team selection. Senior Austin Guzzo was Iowa's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.

It is the first time since 1990 that the Hawkeyes have had at least three first-team All-Big Ten selections in the same season. Iowa had five first-teamers in 1990. Head coach Rick Heller has had at least one first-team All-Big Ten selection in each of his five seasons and he has coached 20 players to All-Big Ten honors.

After earning second-team All-Big Ten honors as a junior, Cropley elevated his game to garner first-team recognition as a senior. The McCook Lake, South Dakota, native ranks in the top 11 in the Big Ten in 10 different offensive categories. The catcher has a team-best .351 average with a Big Ten-best 20 doubles, nine home runs, 50 RBIs, and 43 runs scored.

Cropley, a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, is the first Hawkeye since Jim Freese in 1963 to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors.

Neustrom was tabbed as a first-team All-Big Ten outfielder after earning second-team honors as a sophomore. The Sioux City native finished the regular season with a .322 average with 15 doubles and 11 home runs -- the fourth-most in the Big Ten. Neustrom ranks in the top 13 in six offensive categories.

Neustrom is the second outfielder of the Heller era to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors, joining Joel Booker in 2016. It is the fifth straight year an Iowa outfielder has earned all-league honors.

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