TUCSON, Ariz. – UMBC freshman shortstop Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) was named to the 2013 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team, Collegiate Baseball Newspaperannounced on Wednesday evening.
Lachance becomes the first Freshman All-American from UMBC since current head coach Bob Mumma received the honor after the 1990 season.
"Kevin had an outstanding year for us and it's great to see he is getting recognized," said coach Mumma. "We're excited to have him for the next three years as a cornerstone of our infield."
A Second Team All-Conference selection, as well as a member of the America East All-Rookie squad, Lachance led the Retrievers during his first season in Baltimore with a .303 batting average and 19 runs batted in. He also tied for the team lead with 12 doubles and stole the second-most bases, 13. In the field the freshman shortstop recorded a team-high 149 assists while starting and playing in 47 of the Retrievers' 48 games. He also registered 86 putouts and committed just eight errors for a .967 fielding-percentage.
Lachance was a part of a UMBC squad which was much improved in coach Mumma's second year. In addition to tacking on eight more wins from 2012, the Retrievers bettered their fielding percentage from .942 to .961 and the pitching staff lowered its ERA over by over four runs (9.01 to 4.78).
"This is a great honor for our program because it shows that we're going in the right direction to compete and win games in the America East," coach Mumma said. "This helps to legitimize the program in that we're getting quality ball players and we hope to get more like him [Lachance]."
Stony Brook's Johnny Caputo, Tim Knesnik, and Jack Parenty were also named to the national list to give the America East four representatives.