App State infielder Austin St. Laurent has been named a freshman All-American by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the publication reported.
Already named Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year, St. Laurent becomes the third mountaineer in the past four seasons to earn Freshman All-America recognition.
A redshirt freshman from Elon, NC, St. Laurent slashed .305/.380/.462/.842 on his way to becoming the fifth mountaineer in program history, and the first of the Sun Belt era, to garner the conference’s freshman of the year honors.
He led the Mountaineers in OPS (.842), slugging (.462), hits (60), triples (3) and total bases (91) and was tied for the team lead in batting average ( .305). He finished the regular season with 20 extra hits, totaling 13 doubles, three triples and four home runs, and he had 25 runs. The offensive production came as he learned to play first base for the first time in his career, in addition to making a handful of shortstop starts. He finished the year with a .975 fielding percentage, committing just nine errors in 367 chances.
A transfer from ECU, St. Laurent finished the regular season particularly strong, increasing his batting average from .277 to .305 in his final 19 games of the season, going 25 for 72 (.347) over that span. , including eight multi-shot games. St. Laurent finished the year with 19 multi-hit attempts.
St. Laurent is the seventh freshman All-American in program history, joining Hector Crespo (2010), Jamie Nunn (2012), Jaylin Davis (2013), Tanner Mann-Fix (2016), Luke Drumheller ( 2019) and Noah Hall (2020).