Half of LSU’s starting lineup is All-Southeastern Conference, and so is its No. 2 pitcher.
Catcher Kade Scivicque, outfielder Andrew Stevenson, third baseman Conner Hale, shortstop Alex Bregman and freshman starter Alex Lange made the All-SEC first team released Monday.
Paul Mainieri was named SEC Coach of the Year, and Lange is the fifth LSU player to be named SEC Freshman of the Year. It’s the 14th time an LSU coach was named to that honor and the second for Mainieri.
LSU’s five players on the first team is the most of any other team, out-distancing Arkansas’ two. The teams are voted on by league coaches.
First baseman Chris Chinea, and his team-leading 11 home runs, made the second team All-SEC, and Mark Laird, Scivicque, Bregman and Stevenson landed on the All-SEC Defensive Team.
Arkansas’ Andrew Benintendi was named the SEC Player of the Year and Vanderbilt’s Carson Fulmer is the SEC Pitcher of the Year.
Lange, a Missouri native, grabbed an All-SEC honor in his rookie season. He capped a 10-0 regular season with a nine-strikeout performance in a start at Missouri on Saturday. He’s just one of five LSU freshman pitchers to reach a 10-0 mark. He finished the regular season – 13 starts – with a 2.11 ERA and struck out 91 to 35 walks, helping the Tigers secure a 16th SEC championship in program history.
Bregman, a projected top-10 first round pick in June’s MLB draft, picked up his third All-SEC honor in three years. Bregman, batting .329 with a .977 fielding percentage, made second team last year and first team as a freshman.
Scivicque is batting .363 with five home runs. He’s made the 20-man cut for the Johnny Bench Award, given to the nation’s best college catcher, and is a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, an award for the top college baseball players.
The speedy Stevenson is known most for his diving web gems in center field, but he’s stolen 22 of 28 bases and is hitting .360. Hale is hitting .363 and has made just six errors in 53 games – most of them at the hot corner.