Miller, Fletcher Add NCBWA All-American Honors
Austin Miller and David Fletcher were named First Team Freshman All-Americans according to the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association.
June 9, 2014
The accolades kept coming in for freshmen David Fletcher and Austin Miller on Monday, as the duo were named First Team Freshman All-Americans according to the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association. Miller and Fletcher had previously been named Freshman All-Americans according to Collegiate Baseball newspaper last week. Both players also earned first team All-West Coast Conference honors following their inaugural year at LMU.
A total of 32 standout freshmen college baseball players from every part of the country are featured on the 2014 NCBWA Freshman All-American team. The 2014 NCBWA Freshman All-America team features players from 17 leagues and six conference championship teams. The two All-American squads also are made up of 12 conference "Rookie of the Year" winners. In addition, 22 all-conference honorees were named to the team.
LMU was one of only two teams to place two players on the first team, with the other being Miami, Fla.
Miller enjoyed a strong freshman campaign for the Lions en route to being named WCC Freshman of the Year, 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 WCC 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.
The 2014 NCBWA National Freshman Player of the Year and National Freshman Pitcher of the Year will be announced on Tuesday, June 10.
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