LYNCHBURG, Va. (NCBWA) – LSU shortstop Alex Bregman
and Cal State Fullerton right-handed pitcher Thomas Eshelman
have been named the 2013 National Collegiate Baseball Writers
Association Freshman Hitter and Pitcher of the Year recipients,
as announced by the organization today.
Alex Bregman enters next week leading the College World Series-bound
LSU Tigers with a .380 batting average, 104 hits, 18 doubles seven
triples, 154 total bases and 59 runs scored. Having started all
65 LSU contests, he has also hit six home runs and posted a .570
slugging percentage. The shortstop’s 104 hits top the single-season
total for a freshman in LSU history. He is also six hits away from
tying the all-time school lead. Currently, he ranks second among
NCAA Division I players in hits and 12th in total bases.
The Albuquerque, N.M. native was named the 2013 SEC Freshman
of the Year and was also selected to the first-team All-SEC at shortstop.
Currently, he is listed among the conference leaders in hits (1st),
batting average (2nd), runs scored (3rd), RBIs (4th) slugging percentage
(4th) and total bases (1st).
Bregman has helped the LSU Tigers post a school-record tying
57-9 mark and advance to their 16th College World Series in program
history. LSU, who claimed both the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional and
Super Regional Championships, entered the Super Regional ranked
No. 1 in the NCBWA Weekly Poll. The shortstop earned the Most Outstanding
Player award in leading LSU to the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional title.
He batted .545 (6-for-11) in the regional with one double, one homer,
three RBI and five runs.
Bregman, a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, was named
the 2013 National Freshman Player of the Year and to the Louisville
Slugger All-American third team by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
He was also a semifinalist for 2013 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award
and listed on the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Watch List.
Eshelman led the Big West Conference and finished the year 12th
nationally with a 1.48 ERA over a team-leading 115 2/3 innings during
his first collegiate season at Cal State Fullerton. In addition,
he completed the year with a 12-3 mark over 17 appearances, striking
out 83 and walking just three batters. The Titan right-hander led
the nation in with a 0.77 WHIP (Walks Hits per Inning Pitch) and
The Carlsbad, Calif. native set Cal State Fullerton freshman
records for innings pitched (115.2) and ERA (1.48). His ERA also
ranks second in Cal State Fullerton all-time single-season history.
In addition, Eshelman set new Titan single-season records with a
27.7 to 1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and fewest walks per nine innings
Eshelman was named Collegiate Baseball's 2013 Freshman Pitcher
of the Year, and was also named to the Louisville Slugger Freshmen
All-American Team. Eshelman was also voted the Big West Freshman
Pitcher of the Year, was named a Golden Spikes Semifinalist, and
earned Louisville Slugger All-American first team accolades.
Eshelman helped Cal State Fullerton post a 51-10 record and claim
the NCAA Fullerton Regional Championship. The Titans were ranked
No. 2 in the latest NCBWA Weekly Poll.
Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of
college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and
publicists of the sport.
For more information, contact NCBWA Assistant Executive Director
Mike Montoro (304-293-2821, email@example.com) or Ryan Bomberger