More All-American honors for LSU baseball

Bill Franques

LSU baseball players collected more All-America honors last week as the Tigers continue to receive recognition for their accomplishments during a record-setting 2013 season.

The American Baseball Coaches Association named sophomore pitcher Aaron Nola and freshman shortstop Alex Bregman to its first-team All-America squad, and senior first baseman Mason Katz was voted to the ABCA second team.

Nola, Bregman and Katz were also named to the first-team ABCA All-South Region squad.

LSU was also well-represented on the Perfect Game All-America teams, as Nola and Bregman were named to the first team, Katz was voted to the second team and senior pitcher Chris Cotton received third-team recognition.

The LSU honorees were instrumental in leading the 2013 Tigers to a 57-11 overall mark and a berth in the College World Series. LSU's 57 wins tied the mark for the most victories in school and SEC history, and the Tigers set a school record for SEC regular-season wins with 23.

Katz, a native of Harahan, batted a team-high .370 in 2013 with 14 doubles, two triples, 16 homers and 70 RBI, and he received first-team All-SEC recognition from the league coaches last month. He also was named a first-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association just prior to the start of the College World Series.

Nola, a right-hander from Baton Rouge, was 12-1 this season with a 1.57 ERA, and he recorded 122 strikeouts in 126 innings. He was voted SEC Pitcher of the Year last month by the league coaches, and he also earned first-team All-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball newspaper and the NCBWA. Nola is a finalist for the National Pitcher of the Year Award presented by the College Baseball Hall of Fame Foundation.

Bregman, a product of Albuquerque, N.M., has been named National Freshman Player of the Year by both Collegiate Baseball newspaper and by the NCBWA. He hit .369 this season with 18 doubles, seven triples, six homers, 52 RBI and 16 stolen bases, and he was voted SEC Freshman of the Year by the league coaches. Bregman is a finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award, presented by the College Baseball Hall of Fame Foundation to the nation's best shortstop.

Cotton, a left-hander from Shreveport, tied in 2013 the LSU single-season saves record with 16. He was 4-1 with a 1.16 ERA in 37 appearances out of the Tigers' bullpen, and he recorded three walks and 47 strikeouts in 46.2 innings while limiting opponents to a .155 batting average.