Three Tigers Receive Baseball All-America Recognition

by Bill Franques
Three Tigers Receive Baseball All-America Recognition

BATON ROUGE, La. – Three LSU players received All-America recognition Thursday from Collegiate Baseball magazine. Junior rightfielder Greg Deichmann was named a first-team All-American, junior pitcher Alex Lange was a second-team All-America selection, and senior shortstop Kramer Robertson was voted to the third-team All-America squad.

Deichmann, a native of Metairie, La., was a 2017 first-team all-SEC selection who is batting .330 this season with 11 doubles, 19 homers, 67 RBI and 45 runs. He is No. 2 in the SEC this season in homers, RBI, and slugging percentage (.638), and he is No. 3 in the league in total bases (141).

Deichmann was named to the 2017 SEC All-Tournament team after hitting .467 (7-for-15) in four games with one double, two homers, four RBI and three runs. He was 3-for-4 versus South Carolina in the SEC Tournament semifinal last Saturday with two homers, three RBI and two runs scored.

Deichmann becomes the 29th LSU player to earn first-team All-America honors, and he is the 11th first-team All-American during the 11-season tenure of coach Paul Mainieri.

Lange, a right-hander from Lee’s Summit, Mo., is the SEC strikeout leader this season with 118. He has an 8-5 record and a 2.59 ERA in 97.1 innings while limiting opponents to a .234 batting average.

Lange enters the NCAA Regional with 374 career strikeouts and is in second place on the all-time LSU list, trailing only first-place Scott Schultz (409 Ks, 1992-95). In his last three starts this season, Lange is 3-0 with a 0.39 ERA in 23 innings, allowing one run on 17 hits with five walks and 27 strikeouts.

Robertson, a native of McGregor, Texas, was a  2017 second-team All-SEC selection, and he is hitting .314 this season with 16 doubles, three triples, eight homers, 39 RBI, 76 runs and seven stolen bases. Robertson has helped lead LSU to 16 wins in its last 18 games, and he is batting .377 during the span with four doubles, two triples, four homers, 15 RBI and 29 runs.

Robertson was voted second-team all-American and first-team all-SEC in 2016, when he was selected in the MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians.