TUCSON, Ariz.--Six WAC baseball players have been named to the 2013 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team, selected by College Baseball Newspaper.
CSU Bakersfield third baseman Mylz Jones, Dallas Baptist outfielder Austin Listi, Sacramento State designated hitter Chris Lewis and pitcher Sutter McLoughlin, Texas State pitcher Lucas Humpal, and UTSA pitcher Brock Hartson each received the honor.
Jones, a second team All-Conference selection, hit .333 with 37 RBI's for the Roadrunners this season. He posted a school record 21-game hitting streak in March. Jones is the second Bakersfield player to earn the honor, joining Oscar Sanay who was named to the team in 2011. Jones helped the Roadrunners won a school record 37 games on their way to regular season WAC Championship in 2013.
Listi swatted nine home runs and drove in 46 runs during his first campaign in a Dallas Baptist uniform. He also picked up sixteen doubles on the season while helping the Patriots to the championship game of the WAC Tournament in Grand Prairie, Texas. With the award, Listi becomes the sixth Patriot to garner freshman honors since 2007.
Lewis was the WAC Freshman of the Year after leading the team with a .349 batting average in 57 games (all starts). He served as the designated hitter for the majority of the season before moving to first base for the final three weeks. The Newark, Calif., native also led the team with 75 hits and 46 RBIs and tied for the team high with 15 doubles. He also added a triple and four home runs. In conference play, he led the league with a .396 average.
McLoughlin was a first team all-WAC selection after serving as the team's closer throughout the season. In 28 appearances, the Sacramento native recorded a 2.11 ERA with a school single-season record 17 saves. His save total ranked him third during the regular season and currently has him tied for sixth heading into the Super Regionals.
Humpal had a strong start in the first year of his collegiate career, earning All-WAC honors and finishing the season with a 3.30 earned run average. Humpal was 5-2 in eight starts and 62.2 innings pitched this season. He put together a strong strikeout-to-walk ratio, finishing with 41 strikeouts to just 16 walks. In his final game of the season, Humpal pitched a career high 6.2 innings and 131 pitches en route to a conference tournament victory over New Mexico State. He notched at least four strikeouts six times this season with a career high five strikeouts in 6.1 innings at UT Arlington, a 7-2 victory.
Hartson, who emerged as the ace of UTSA's pitching staff this spring, sat out last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. Fifteen months later, the second-team All-WAC selection currently is tied for sixth among the nation's freshmen with nine wins (t-47th overall), which also is a frosh program record. He posted a 9-5 record with a 3.40 ERA and struck out 50 batters in a team-leading 106 innings. He made 17 starts, posted one complete game and combined on a four-hit shutout with reliever Matt Sims at Louisiana Tech on May 16. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder helped the Roadrunners clinch the WAC Tournament Championship after he held Dallas Baptist to two runs (one earned) and four hits over 7.1 innings on three days rest. He also earned All-Tournament honors for his performance.