LSU's Lange and Mainieri earn SEC honors, five Tigers named to the first-team

LSU's Lange and Mainieri earn SEC honors, 5 Tigers named to the first-team

LSU pitcher Alex Lange has been named the SEC Freshman of the Year and Paul Mainieri has been named SEC Coach of the Year, the league announced on Monday.

Lange is the fifth LSU player since 2000 to earn SEC Freshman of the Year accolades. He ranks second in the SEC in ERA overall (2.11) and third in conference games only (2.33).

Lange is one of only three pitchers in the SEC to strike out 90 or more batters, and is one of only two SEC pitchers to earn 10 or more wins on the year.

Mainieri was named the SEC Coach of the Year for the second time in his career after leading LSU to their league-best SEC regular-season championship. It was the third title during Mainieri's nine-season tenure.

LSU also won the SEC Western Division title for the 18th time in school history and for the fifth time under Mainieri. The Tigers finished the regular season with 46 wins, the third-highest regular-season total in school history.

Kade Scivique (C), Alex Bregman (SS), Connor Hale (3B), Andrew Stevenson (OF) and Lange were named first-team SEC, while Chris Chinea (1B) was named to the second-team.

Scivique, Bregman, Stevenson and Mark Laird (OF) were named to the SEC All-Defensive Team.

Arkansas' Andrew Benintendi was named the SEC Player of the Year, Vanderbilt's Carson Fulmer the SEC Pitcher of the Year and Mississippi State's Seth Heck the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Click here for a complete listing of this year's SEC awards.