LSU baseball players earn more honors

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELDLSU starting pitcher Aaron Nola delivers to the plate during the game between LSU and Oklahoma on Friday at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge.
Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELDLSU starting pitcher Aaron Nola delivers to the plate during the game between LSU and Oklahoma on Friday at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge.

LSU baseball players collected more all-America honors Friday.

The American Baseball Coaches Association named sophomore pitcher Aaron Nola and freshman shortstop Alex Bregman to its first-team all-America squad, and senior first baseman Mason Katz was voted to the ABCA second team.

Nola, Bregman and Katz were also named to the first-team ABCA all-South Region squad.

LSU was also well-represented on the Perfect Game all-America teams, as Nola and Bregman were named to the first team, Katz was voted to the second team and senior pitcher Chris Cotton received third-team recognition.

The Tigers went 57-11 and a earned a berth in the College World Series. LSU’s 57 wins tied the mark for the most victories in school and Southeastern Conference history, and the Tigers set a school record for SEC regular-season wins with 23.

Katz, a native of Harahan, batted a team-high .370 in 2013 with 14 doubles, two triples, 16 homers and 70 RBI, and he received first-team all-SEC recognition from the league coaches last month. He also was named a first-team all-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association just prior to the start of the College World Series.

Nola, a right-hander from Baton Rouge and former Catholic High standout, was 12-1 this season with a 1.57 ERA, and he recorded 122 strikeouts in 126 innings. He was voted SEC Pitcher of the Year last month by the league coaches, and he also earned first-team all-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball newspaper and the NCBWA. Nola is a finalist for the National Pitcher of the Year Award presented by the College Baseball Hall of Fame Foundation.

Bregman, from Albuquerque, N.M., has been named National Freshman Player of the Year by both Collegiate Baseball newspaper and by the NCBWA. He hit .369 this season with 18 doubles, seven triples, six homers, 52 RBI and 16 stolen bases, and he was voted SEC Freshman of the Year by the league coaches. Bregman is a finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award, presented by the College Baseball Hall of Fame Foundation to the nation’s best shortstop.

Cotton, a left-hander from Shreveport, tied in 2013 the LSU single-season saves record with 16. He was 4-1 with a 1.16 ERA in 37 appearances out of the Tigers’ bullpenand recorded three walks and 47 strikeouts in 46. 2 innings while limiting opponents to a .155 batting average.