JONES, McCUNE NAMED TO BASEBALL AMERICA FRESHMEN ALL-AMERICA SQUAD
La. – LSU second baseman JaCoby Jones and pitcher Kurt McCune
were named Tuesday to the 2011 Baseball America magazine second-team
Freshmen all-America squad.
LSU is the only SEC school with more than one player on the Baseball
America first and second teams. Arkansas, Florida and Vanderbilt have
one representative each on the Freshmen all-America squads.
Jones, a product of Richton (Miss.) High School, batted .338
(66-for-195) in his first season at LSU with 11 doubles, one triple,
four homers, 32 RBI, 36 runs and 12 stolen bases.
Jones, a Freshmen All-SEC selection and the Louisiana Freshman of the
Year, was a .397 (23-for-58) hitter with runners in scoring position.
He batted .426 (23-for-54) in the Tigers’ final 15 games of the
season with five doubles, one homer, nine RBI and 14 runs scored.
Jones was named SEC Freshman of the Week on Feb. 28 after batting a
blistering .636 (7-for-11) in four games (Feb. 22-27).
McCune, a native of Norco, La. and a product of Destrehan High School,
was LSU’s No. 1 starting pitcher through most of the 2011 season.
He posted a 7-3 mark and a 3.31 ERA in 14 starts, recording 68
strikeouts in 89.2 innings and limiting opponents to a .221 batting
McCune finished the season No. 4 in the SEC in opponent batting
average, No. 6 in innings pitched and No. 8 in wins.
He was named SEC Pitcher of the Week on February 21 after a remarkable
collegiate debut against Wake Forest, firing a no-hitter for 5.1
innings before allowing an infield single. McCune worked six shutout
innings for the victory, allowing just one hit with two walks and seven
LSU has had a player named to a Freshmen All-America team in five of
the past six seasons.