Tigers Receive ABCA All-South Recognition
BATON ROUGE, La. – Three LSU players were voted Wednesday to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-South Region Team. Pitcher Alex Lange and outfielder Greg Deichmann were named to the first team, and second baseman Cole Freeman was voted to the second team.
Lange, a right-hander from Lee’s Summit, Mo., is No. 9 in the nation and No. 2 in the SEC in strikeouts this season with 134. He has a 9-5 record and a 2.92 ERA in 111 innings while limiting opponents to a .233 batting average.
Lange, a second-team All-American and first-team All-SEC selection, was chosen in the first round of the MLB Draft Monday by the Chicago Cubs.
Lange enters the College World Series with 390 career strikeouts and is in second place on the all-time LSU list, trailing only first-place Scott Schultz (409 Ks, 1992-95). A second-team All-American and first-team All-SEC pitcher this season and the National Freshman Pitcher of the Year in 2015, he has a 29-9 career mark at LSU.
Deichmann, a native of Metairie, La., is a 2017 first-team All-American and first-team all-SEC selection who is batting .320 this season with 12 doubles, 19 homers, 72 RBI and 451 runs. He is No. 2 in the SEC this season in RBI, No. 3 in homers, No. 4 in total bases (146) and No. 5 in slugging percentage (.606).
Deichmann was chosen in the second round of the MLB Draft Monday by the Oakland Athletics.
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.
Freeman, a native of Mandeville, La., is LSU’s leading hitter this season, batting .327 (80-for-245) with 13 doubles, two triples, two homers, 41 RBI and 52 runs.
Freeman, who graduated from LSU on May 12 with a degree in interdisciplinary studies, is ranked No. 2 in the SEC in steals with 18. He is batting .317 (19-for-60) during LSU’s current 16-game win streak with three doubles, one triple, one homer, 13 RBI and 17 runs.
Freeman, a member of the All-SEC Defensive team in 2016, was selected Tuesday in the fourth round of the MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals.