Tigers Receive All-America Accolades

by Bill Franques
Tigers Receive All-America Accolades

OMAHA, Neb. – LSU players have received numerous All-America accolades this week from  a variety of publications as the Tigers prepare for the College World Series opener Saturday night versus Florida State.

Junior outfielder Greg Deichmann has been named a first-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, D1 Baseball.com and Perfect Game/Rawlings.

Junior pitcher Alex Lange has been voted a second-team All-American by the ABCA, the NCBWA and D1 Baseball.com, and senior shortstop  Kramer Robertson has received honorable mention All-America recognition from Perfect Game/Rawlings.

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.

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.

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.

Robertson, a product of McGregor, Texas, is hitting .319 this season with 18 doubles,  three triples, eight homers, 43 RBI and a nation’s-best 83 runs scored.

Robertson, a 2017 second-team All-SEC selection, is hitting .382 (26-for-68) during LSU’s current 16-game win streak with five doubles, two triples, three homers, 17 RBI and 27 runs. He is hitting .378 (37-for-98) during LSU’s 21-2 run in the past 23 games with six doubles, two triples, four homers, 19 RBI and 36 runs.

Robertson was selected in the fourth round of the MLB Draft Tuesday by the St. Louis Cardinals.