BATON ROUGE -- LSU pitcher Lane Mestepey was named 2001 National Co-Freshman of the Year Wednesday by Collegiate Baseball magazine. Mestepey, a left-hander from Zachary, La., shared the honor with Wake Forest first baseman Jamie D'Antona.
Mestepey emerged as the Tigers' No. 1 pitcher during the 2001 season, posting an 11-3 record and a 3.75 ERA with 79 strikeouts and 37 walks in 139.1 innings. He was voted first-team all-SEC and SEC Freshman of the Year by the league's coaches.
Mestepey also earned third-team all-America honors from Collegiate Baseball, and he was voted to the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional all-tournament team.
D'Antona, a first-team all-ACC selection, hit .364 for Wake Forest with 17 homers and 77 RBI.
Mestepey becomes the fourth LSU player to earn National Freshman of the Year recognition.
The others are second baseman Todd Walker (1992), pitcher Brett Laxton (1993) and second baseman Mike Fontenot (2000).
LSU outfielder Aaron Hill was named Wednesday to Collegiate Baseball's honorable mention Freshman all-America team. Hill, a native of Visalia, Calif., hit .299 (40-for-134) with five doubles, one triple, five homers and 36 RBI.