Baseball America Tabs Miller, Fletcher Freshman All-Americans
Austin Miller was named first team Freshman All-American while David Fletcher earned second team honors.
July 1, 2014
Having already been named Freshmen All-Americans according to Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association, freshmen Austin Miller and David Fletcher took home Baseball America Freshman All-American selections on Monday. The selections from Baseball America are the first for the Lions since Scott Walter was tabbed a first-teamer in 1998. This marks the first time in LMU history that the Lions have registered a pair of Baseball America Freshmen All-Americans in the same year.
Zack Collins, a catcher for Miami, was named Freshman of the Year according to Baseball America. Only two schools earned multiple first-teamers (Miami and College of Charleston), while LMU is one of three others (Vanderbilt and Maryland) who had a member on both the first and second team. The Southeastern Conference led all leagues with eight Freshman All-Americans, followed by the ACC (five).
Miller, a native of Greeley, Colo., earned a first team selection after earning West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year. The left-handed hitter batted 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 speedy outfielder 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, garnered American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-West Region second team honors to accompany his second team Freshman All-American selection. 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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