LYNCHBURG, VA. (NCBWA) – University of Florida
catcher/designated hitter JJ Schwarz and Louisiana
State University right-hander Alex Lange have been
named the 2015 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association
National Freshman Hitter and Pitcher of the Year recipients,
as announced by the organization today.
Schwarz enters the week with a .332 batting average with 71 RBIs
and 52 runs scored for the College World Series-bound Florida Gators.
Having started all 65 Florida contests this season, the catcher/designated
hitter leads the Gators with 16 doubles, 18 home runs and a .651
The Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., native was named second team All-SEC
and to the league's All-Freshmen team. Currently, he leads the SEC
and is third nationally in RBIs. He is also fourth in home runs
and ninth in total bases nationally. In addition, he is second in
home runs and slugging percentage and third in total bases in the
Schwarz has helped the Gators post a 49-16 overall record and
advance to their ninth College World Series in program history.
Florida, which claimed both the NCAA Gainesville Regional and Super
Regional Championships, entered the Super Regional ranked No. 2
in the NCBWA Weekly Poll. In addition, Florida captured the SEC
Tournament in May.
During the Gators' postseason, Schwarz is hitting .564 (22-for-39),
with 17 RBI, 15 runs, five doubles and four homers. He has been
selected the Most Valuable Player of the SEC Tournament and the
Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Gainesville Regional. During
the SEC tournament, he hit .526 (10-for-19), with six RBI, five
runs and three doubles, as Florida won its seventh SEC tournament
in program history. In addition, Schwarz had been named the Louisville
Slugger Co-2015 Freshman Player of the Year by the Collegiate Baseball
Lange has posted an 11-0 record with a 1.89 ERA in 105 innings
for the LSU Tigers, who will be making their 17th College World
Series appearance this weekend. In 16 starts, the right-hander has
struck out 121 and limited opponents to a .214 cumulative batting
The Lee's Summit, Mo., native was voted the SEC Freshman of the
Year and received first team all-SEC recognition. Currently, the
right-hander is sixth in wins and eighth in strikeouts nationally.
In addition, he is his second in the SEC in ERA, wins and strikeouts
and is fifth in the conference in opponent batting average.
Lange has helped the Tigers record a 53-10 overall mark. LSU,
which claimed both the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional and Super Regional,
entered the Super Regional ranked No. 1 in the NCBWA Weekly Poll.
Lange was selected the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Baton
Rouge Regional. The right-hander was named the 2015 Louisville Slugger
Freshman Pitcher of the Year and was selected to the Louisville
Slugger All-American first team by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
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