Baseball America Honors Deichmann, Lange

by Bill Franques
Baseball America Honors Deichmann, Lange

BATON ROUGE, La. – Two LSU players received All-America recognition Thursday from Baseball America magazine. Junior rightfielder Greg Deichmann was named a first-team All-American, and  junior pitcher Alex Lange was a second-team All-America selection.

Deichmann, a native of Metairie, La., was a 2017 first-team all-SEC selection who is batting .322 this season with 11 doubles, 19 homers, 69 RBI and 49 runs. He is No. 2 in the SEC this season in RBI, No. 3 in homers, and No. 5 in slugging percentage (.614) and total bases (143).

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 is 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 124. He has a 9-5 record and a 2.87 ERA in 103.1 innings while limiting opponents to a .240 batting average.

Lange enters the NCAA Super Regional with 380 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 four starts this season, Lange is 4-0 with a 1.86 ERA in 29 innings, allowing six runs on 25 hits with six walks and 33 strikeouts.