Cole

Freeman

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#8

Infield
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 174lbs.
Class: Senior
City/State: Mandeville, La.
High School: Lakeshore HS
Other College: Delgado CC
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies
Experience: 2 Letters

Bio

2017 SEC All-Tournament Team
SEC Player of the Week (March 13, 2017)
2017 & 2016 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2017 LSWA Second-Team All-Louisiana
2016 SEC All-Defensive Team
2016 LSWA Second-Team All-Louisiana

MLB Draft: 4th Round in 2017 (Washington); 18th Round in 2016 (Los Angeles Dodgers)

Superb player who was the Tigers' starting second baseman for two seasons (2016 and 2017) ... displayed an all-out hustling style of play, great infield defense, outstanding speed on the base paths, and excellent hitting ability ... the prototypical “table-setter” on offense that put a lot of pressure on the other team with his bunting and base-stealing ability ... also had the skill to make extraordinary plays on defense ... completed his two-season (2016, 2017) LSU career with a .321 (156-for-486) batting average, 21 doubles, five triples, three homers, 68 RBI, 100 runs and 45 stolen bases ... had the honor of wearing jersey No. 8 for the Tigers during the 2017 season – No. 8 is given each season to a player who exemplifies the spirit of the LSU program ... the tradition began with outfielder Mikie Mahtook (2009-11) and has continued with first baseman Mason Katz (2012-13), shortstop Alex Bregman (2014-15) and outfielder Jake Fraley (2016) ... Freeman was named a Cape Cod League All-Star in the summer of 2016 while playing with the Wareham (Mass.) Gatemen ... won the 2016 Cape Cod League batting title, hitting .374 in 29 games with 43 hits, five doubles, six RBI, 23 runs and 13 stolen bases ... a member of the 2016 and 2017 SEC Academic Honor Roll as an interdisciplinary studies major ... received his LSU degree in interdisciplinary studies in May 2017 ... selected in the fourth round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals and signed with the Nationals in the summer of '17.

2017 Season
Started all 72 of LSU's games at second base, batting .315 (85-for-270) with 14 doubles, two triples, two homers, 41 RBI, 54 runs and 19 stolen bases ... finished No. 1 in the SEC and No. 10 in the nation in hit-by-pitches with 21; ranked No. 2 in the SEC in steals with 19 ... provided a two-run double in Game 2 victory over Miss. State in NCAA Super Regional (June 11) ... named to the SEC All-Tournament Team after hitting .375 (6-for-16) with one homer, six RBI and six runs scored ... 4-for-4 in SEC Tournament win over Missouri (May 24) with a three-run homer, four RBI and two runs scored ... batted .455 (5-for-11) in three-game sweep at Miss. State (May 18-20) with one double, one RBI and three runs ... 2-for-4 with a two-run triple in LSU's win over South Carolina on May 6 ... batted .455 (5-for-11) in the Kentucky series (April 21-23) with one double and two RBI .. made a leaping, acrobatic catch of a line drive for the final out of the 3-2 win vs. Ole Miss on April 15; the catch prevented the Rebels – who had a runner at second base – from tying the game in the ninth inning ... blasted a game-winning, two-run homer in eighth inning at Florida (March 26), breaking a 6-6 tie in a 10-6 LSU win ... named SEC Player of the Week on March 13 after hitting .500 (8-for-16) in four games with seven runs scored, two doubles, two RBI, one stolen base and a .556 on-base percentage ... batted .545 (6-for-11) in LSU's three-game sweep of Wichita State (March 10-12) with two doubles, two RBI and seven runs.

2016 Season
Started all 66 of LSU's games (59 at second base, five at shortstop, two at third base) and was the Tigers' leading hitter, batting .329 (71-for-216) with seven doubles, three triples, one homer, 27 RBI, 46 runs and 26 stolen bases ... finished No. 3 in the SEC in stolen bases with 26, and he was No. 12 in the league in on-base percentage (.427) ... batted .391 (27-for-69) in LSU's last 22 games with two doubles, one triple, one homer, 11 RBI, 16 runs and six steals ... hit .571 (4-for-7) in the NCAA Super Regional versus Coastal Carolina (June 11-12) with one double, one RBI and three runs ... batted .368 (7-for-19) in LSU's six NCAA Tournament games (Regional and Super Regional) with one double, two RBI, two steals and three runs ... hit .320 (31-for-97) in SEC regular-season games with three doubles, two triples, one homer, 12 RBI, 24 runs and 11 steals ... batted .400 (4-for-10) in the Florida series (May 19-21) with one double, one RBI and four runs ... hit .571 (4-for-7) in the Tennessee series (May 13-15) with one triple, one homer, three RBI, four runs, four walks and a .750 on-base percentage ... batted .500 (5-for-10) in the Arkansas series with two RBI and two runs scored ... hit .444 (4-for-9) against Auburn (April 1-3) with one RBI, two steals and four runs scored ... 2-for-3 in March 25 win at Texas A&M with one double and two runs scored ... batted .429 (6-for-14) in LSU's series victory over Ball State (March 11-13) with one double, three RBI, four runs and three stolen bases ... led the Tigers' to a three-game series sweep over Fordham, batting .714 (5-for-7) with one RBI, three runs, four walks, two steals and a .750 on-base percentage.

Prior to LSU
Earned 2015 NJCAA Gold Glove recognition at second base for Delgado CC ... recorded a .988 fielding percentage with just two errors ... a 2015 NJCAA All-American, batting .385 and raising his average 130 points from the previous season ... recorded 55 runs, two homers and 23 RBI while stealing 15 bases in 2015 ... posted a .344 career batting average at Lakeshore High School in Mandeville, La., with 51 stolen bases, 18 doubles, six triples and just 16 strikeouts in 317 plate appearances ... earned All-State and All-District recognition in high school ... also a three-year All-District performer for the Lakeshore HS basketball team as a point guard.

Personal
Full name is Cole Sean Freeman ... parents are Sean and Kellie Freeman ... father is a residential appraiser, mother is a manager for Allstate ... has one younger sister, Kacey ... on joining the LSU program – “Growing up, it was always my dream to play at LSU. I was told, because of my size, that I wouldn't be able to play here, so I wanted to prove to everyone who thought that way that they were wrong” ... majoring in interdisciplinary studies at LSU ... born September 27, 1994 in Metairie, La.

Freeman's LSU Career Highs
At-Bats: 6 on two occasions; most recently vs. New Orleans (3/15/17)
Hits: 4 vs. Missouri (5/24/17)
Runs Scored: 3 on five occasions; most recently vs. Texas Southern (6/2/17)
Doubles: 1 several times; most recently vs. Florida State (6/21/17)
Triples: 1 five times; most recently vs. Texas Southern (6/2/17)
Home Runs: 1 on three occasions; most recently vs. Missouri (5/24/17)
RBI: 4 vs. Missouri (5/24/17)

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