Bregman, Stevenson Receive More All-America Honors

by Bill Franques
Bregman, Stevenson Receive More All-America Honors

BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU junior shortstop Alex Bregman and junior outfielder Andrew Stevenson received more 2015 preseason all-America recognition Tuesday, as Bregman was named a first-team all-American by and by Baseball America,  and Stevenson was voted to the third team by

Both players also were named to the Perfect Game All-America team in January.

Bregman, a  product of Albuquerque, N.M., was the National Freshman of the Year in 2013, and he received the Brooks Wallace Award as the nation’s best shortstop.

Last season, Bregman earned second-team all-SEC honors after hitting .316 with 16 doubles, six homers and 47 RBI. He batted .451 (23-for-51) in the last 12 games of the 2014 season with six doubles, three homers, 16 RBI and 12 runs.

Bregman was named to the 2014 NCAA Regional All-Tournament team, hitting .533 (8-for-15) with two doubles, three RBI and two runs, and he was voted to the SEC All-Tournament team after batting .412 (7-for-17) with two doubles, one homer, five RBI and three runs.

Bregman has played for the U.S. Collegiate National Team over the past two summers – he collected five doubles, one homer, 17 RBI, 20 runs and 10 steals in 10 attempts for Team USA in 2014 with a schedule that included games against Cuba, Japan and Chinese Taipei.  He batted .361 in 18 games for the United States in 2013 , helping the squad post a 20-3 record.

Stevenson, a native of Youngsville, La., was LSU’s leading hitter in 2014, batting .335 (68-for-203) with seven doubles, five triples, 32 RBI, 41 runs and nine stolen bases. He was voted to the SEC All-Defensive team by the league’s coaches for his stellar play in center field.

Stevenson, a member of the 2014 SEC Academic Honor Roll as a kinesiology major, compiled a 17-game hit streak, LSU’s longest of the season, that ended after the second game of the doubleheader at Vanderbilt on March 15. He provided the game-winning hit in Game 1 of the series at Vanderbilt, a two-out, two-run single in the top of the eighth inning that gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead.

Stevenson hit .429 (6-for-14) in the 2014 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional with one double and one steal, and he was 3-for-4 with one double in a regional win over Houston. He scored the game-winning run in top of 10th inning at Texas A&M on May 2, as he led off the inning with a double, moved to third on wild pitch and beat the throw home on a chopper back to the pitcher.

Last summer, he helped lead the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox to the 2014 Cape Cod League title, batting .327 (55-for-168) with nine doubles, one triple, one homer, 16 RBI, 30 runs, and 21 stolen bases. Stevenson also played in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game, joining four other LSU players in the event.