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Miller, Fletcher Earn Freshman All-American Honors

WCC Freshman of the Year Austin Miller earned Freshman All-American honors on Wednesday.
WCC Freshman of the Year Austin Miller earned Freshman All-American honors on Wednesday.

June 4, 2014

Complete Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Team

Austin Miller and David Fletcher were named Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-Americans according to Collegiate Baseball newspaper, it was announced on Wednesday morning. The Freshman All-American honors are the first for LMU since Matt Lowenstein was tabbed in 2010. LMU last had two Freshman All-American selections in 2002 (Sean Smith and Joe Frazee). Miller, the WCC Freshman of the Year, and Fletcher, the WCC Defensive Player of the Year, each were tabbed first team All-WCC earlier this season.

Miller enjoyed a strong freshman campaign for the Lions en route to the Freshman of the Year honor, batting a team-high .374 with 46 runs scored, 10 doubles, three triples and 18 RBI while swiping 25 bases in 29 attempts and reaching at a .474 clip. Miller, who hit safely in 45 of LMU's 56 games this year, collected a team-high 24 multi-hit games while playing a stellar centerfield defensively. In WCC play, Miller hit .373 with four doubles, a triple, and nine RBI while scoring 21 runs. The center fielder shared the league lead in stolen bases with 11 in 14 attempts and posted a .449 on base percentage while starting all 27 WCC contests.

 

 

Fletcher, who dazzled spectators defensively en route to the Defensive Player of the Year honor, also produced at the plate. The native of Cypress, Calif. hit .329 with 37 runs scored, six doubles, two triples and 28 RBI while hitting safely in 30 of LMU's last 32 games, including a team-high 15-game hit streak to finish the year. Fletcher finished second only to Miller in batting average, runs scored, hits (73), stolen bases (17) and multi-hit games (21). The team-leader in sacrifice bunts, he also finished third on the squad in on-base percentage and RBI hitting out of the first and second spots in the order.

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