Bregman named Freshman Hitter of the Year

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LSU's Alex Bregman. Photo by LSUsports.net.

LSU shortstop Alex Bregman has been named the 2013 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Freshman Hitter of the Year.

Alex Bregman entered the College World Series with a .380 batting average, 104 hits, 18 doubles seven triples, 154 total bases and 59 runs scored. Having started all 65 LSU contests, he has also hit six home runs and posted a .570 slugging percentage. The shortstop's 104 hits top the single-season total for a freshman in LSU history. He is also six hits away from tying the all-time school lead. Currently, he ranks second among NCAA Division I players in hits and 12th in total bases.

The Albuquerque, N.M. native was named the 2013 SEC Freshman of the Year and was also selected to the first-team All-SEC at shortstop. Currently, he is listed among the conference leaders in hits (1st), batting average (2nd), runs scored (3rd), RBIs (4th) slugging percentage (4th) and total bases (1st).

Bregman has helped the LSU Tigers post a school-record tying 57-9 mark and advance to their 16th College World Series in program history. LSU, who claimed both the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional and Super Regional Championships, entered the Super Regional ranked No. 1 in the NCBWA Weekly Poll. The shortstop earned the Most Outstanding Player award in leading LSU to the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional title. He batted .545 (6-for-11) in the regional with one double, one homer, three RBI and five runs.

Bregman, a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, was named the 2013 National Freshman Player of the Year and to the Louisville Slugger All-American third team by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. He was also a semifinalist for 2013 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award and listed on the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Watch List.