Bregman picks up honor

LSU shortstop Alex Bregman was named the National Freshman of the Year by Baseball America magazine on Monday.

The honor is the third for Bregman, who was named National Freshman Player of the Year last month by Collegiate Baseball magazine and by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Bregman helped lead LSU to the College World Series, batting .369 in with 18 doubles, seven triples, six homers, 52 RBIs, 59 runs and 16 stolen bases. He finished No. 2 in the nation with 104 base hits.

Bregman received the Brooks Wallace Award as the National Shortstop of the Year last weekend in Lubbock, Texas, and he has been named first-team All-America by Baseball America and by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

He earned the Most Outstanding Player award in leading LSU to the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional title, hitting .545 (6-for-11) in three games with one double, one homer, three RBIs and five runs.

Bregman was voted the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year by the league coaches, and he was also named first-team all-SEC at shortstop.

Bregman is playing with Team USA this summer during its international tour, which includes a series of games in Japan.

Bregman is the fifth LSU player to earn a National Freshman of the Year designation, joining second baseman Todd Walker (1992), pitcher Brett Laxton (1993), second baseman Mike Fontenot (2000) and pitcher Lane Mestepey (2001).

Also, JaCoby Jones officially signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday. He will play for the Jamestown Jammers of the New York-Penn League.


SIGNEE LANDRY EARNS NFCA HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICA HONORS: In Louisville, Ky., LSU softball signee Bailey Landry was one of 16 players nationally to collect first-team NFCA High School All-America accolades, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced Monday.

Landry, who also earned first-team NFCA High School All-South Region honors, will begin her LSU career next season.

As the leadoff hitter for East Ascension, Landry hit .537 with eight home runs and 28 RBIs last season. She also earned all-district, All-Metro and All-State honors in four straight seasons with the Lady Spartans.