Sciambra, Bregman Win Baseball Team Awards
Communications Sr. Associate
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU coach Paul Mainieri honored on Monday two of his players – senior outfielder Chris Sciambra and junior shortstop Alex Bregman – during the Tigers’ postseason gathering at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
The team met to watch the NCAA Tournament bracket announcement on ESPNU.
“These young men embody the mission of the LSU baseball program,” Mainieri said. “They strive for excellence in every endeavor, and they are tremendous representatives of our university and of our state. I’m extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to serve as their coach.”
Just before the tournament field was revealed, Sciambra received the Wally Pontiff Jr. Scholar Athlete Award. Pontiff was an all-SEC third baseman at LSU who played for the Tigers from 2000-02 and died tragically in 2002 due to a heart abnormality. The award was presented to Sciambra by Pontiff’s father, Wally Pontiff Sr.
Sciambra, a native of Baton Rouge, is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, and he earned his LSU degree in construction management earlier this month.
Sciambra was also named to the 2015 SEC Community Service Team for his outstanding participation in philanthropic events. He is batting .309 this season as the Tigers’ starting designated hitter with eight doubles, three triples, two homers, 24 RBI and 24 runs.
Legendary former LSU coach Skip Bertman then presented Bregman with the Skip Bertman Award, which goes to the player who best exemplifies the spirit of the LSU Baseball program. Bertman directed LSU to five national championships during his coaching tenure (1984-2001), and he served a highly successful seven-year term as athletics director.
Bregman, a native of Albuquerque, N.M., is an candidate for the 2015 Golden Spikes Award and for the Brooks Wallace National Shortstop of the Year Award. A 2015 first-team all-SEC selection, he is hitting .329 this season with 22 doubles, three triples, nine homers, 47 RBI, 54 runs and 32 stolen bases.
Bregman, a first-team all-American and National Freshman of the Year in 2013, leads the SEC this season in stolen bases and doubles, and he is No. 4 in the league in runs scored and total bases (131).