LSU Tigers earn Preseason All-American baseball honors
LSU junior pitcher Aaron Nola and sophomore shortstop Alex Bregman received 2014 preseason all-America recognition Monday from Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
Nola, a right-hander from Baton Rouge, was named a first-team all-American by Collegiate Baseball, while Bregman, an Albuquerque, N.M. product, was voted to the second team. Both Nola and Bregman were named first-team preseason all-Americans last week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
LSU begins preseason practice Jan. 24, and the Tigers host the University of New Orleans Feb. 14 in the 2014 season opener in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
Nola was 12-1 in 2013 with a 1.57 ERA, and he recorded 122 strikeouts in 126 innings. He was voted SEC Pitcher of the Year by the league coaches, and he also earned first-team all-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Nola, the winner of the 2013 Corbett Award as Louisiana’s top male amateur athlete, was also a finalist for the National Pitcher of the Year Award presented by the College Baseball Hall of Fame Foundation.
He was No. 1 in the SEC in strikeouts with 122; No. 3 in the league in wins (12); No. 2 in opponent batting average (.188) and No. 1 in innings pitched (126)
Bregman was named 2013 National Freshman Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball and by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
He also received the Brooks Wallace Award as the National Shortstop of the Year, and he was named a first-team All-American by Baseball America and by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
He batted .369 last season with 18 doubles, seven triples, six homers, 52 RBIs, 59 runs and 16 stolen bases. He finished No. 2 nationally with 104 base hits.
Bregman was voted in May as the 2013 SEC Freshman of the Year by the league coaches, and he was also named first-team all-SEC at shortstop.
He finished No. 1 in the SEC in triples (seven); No. 2 in base hits (104); No. 3 in total bases (154); No. 3 in doubles (18); No. 4 in runs scored (59); No. 4 in slugging percentage (.546); No. 5 in batting average (.369); and No. 5 in RBI (52).