Two members of the Long Beach State Baseball team have been named to Collegiate Baseball’s All-American teams.
Senior pitcher Josh Frye was selected to Collegiate Baseball’s Louisville Slugger All-American Second Team, the All-America nod coming on the heels of his First Team All-Big West selection.
Also, freshman shortstop Garrett Hampson was recognized on the Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team.
Frye, a senior pitcher from Long Beach, is the Dirtbags first All-American since Andrew Liebel and Shane Peterson were both included in Collegiate Baseball’s All-American teams in 2008.
Frye had an outstanding season for Long Beach State after jumping into the starting rotation in March. The Dirtbags are a perfect 9-0 when Frye starts on the mound while he owns an undefeated 8-0 record and a 1.51 ERA. He had four shutout starts, including a complete game shutout of UC Santa Barbara. He ranks 22nd in the nation in ERA and 18th in hits per nine innings (6.05).
The 6-7 right-hander had a streak of 30.2 consecutive scoreless innings, which ranked as the second longest streak in school history.
Hampson was one of two freshmen in the Big West to earn the award.
With the recognition, Hampson became the first Dirtbag to be selected to the Freshmen All-American team since 2006 when current Major Leaguer Danny Espinosa was recognized. He is the third freshman shortstop at Long Beach State to gain the national award, joining Espinosa and Troy Tulowitzki.
Hampson finished his first year at the Beach as the Big West’s Freshman Player of the Year and the All-Big West First Team shortstop. He hit .308 on the year, which tied for the team lead, and led the Dirtbags with 74 hits. He also slugged .392 with 13 doubles, two triples and one homer while driving in 19 runs. His 44 runs scored were the most on the squad.
Hampson also led the team with six sacrifice flies in addition to having six sacrifice bunts on the year. The highly touted freshman from Reno, Nev. also showed some prowess with the glove, making some dazzling plays in key moments of tight ballgames. He fielded .948 on the season and turned 34 double plays.
The Dirtbags advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008 with the help of the freshman at shortstop and went 2-2 in the Gainesville, Fla. Regional, reaching the final before falling to the College of Charleston. Long Beach State finished the season with a 34-26 overall record.