BATON ROUGE, LA - As LSU prepares to face Oklahoma in the Super Regional, one of its first-year players has recieved two national awards.
LSU reports that shortstop Alex Bregman was named the National Freshman Player of the year by Collegiate Baseball magazine.
The title follows Bregman's award as the Most Outstanding Player after leading LSU to the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional title. He batted .545 in the regional with one double, one homer, three RBI and five runs.
He was also named Freshman Hitter of the year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
League coaches voted for Bregman last month as the 2013 SEC Freshman of the Year and was named first-team all-SEC at shortstop.
Ranked No.2 this season with 102 base hits, the Albuquerque, N.M. native hit a team-high .385 with 17 doubles, seven triples, six homers, 52 RBI, 58 runs and 15 stolen bases.
Bregman is LSU's fifth player to earn recognition of a National Freshman of the Year, the latter being second baseman Todd Walker (1992), pitcher Brett Laxton (1993), second baseman Mike Fontenot (2000) and pitcher Lane Metstepey (2001).
The SEC ranks him No. 1 in base hits, triples and total bases. He is No. 2 in batting average and No. 3 in runs scored.
Ranking No. 4 in both doubles and his .570 slugging percentage, Bregman recieved an invite to join this summer's Team USA for its 33-game international tour, including a trip to Japan.
Bregman was selected for an award along with Cal State Fullerton right-hander Thomas Eshelman, who was named National Freshman Pitcher of the Year.