June 9, 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The postseason accolades continued to roll in for Long Beach State's freshman shortstop Garrett Hampson. The National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association selected Hampson as its Second Team All-America shortstop.
The freshman from Reno, Calif. started all 60 games at shortstop for the Dirtbags as they made their first run into the postseason since 2008. Hampson earned First Team All-Big West honors and was the Big West's Freshman Player of The Year. Previously, he was selected as one of Collegiate Baseball's Freshmen All-Americans.
Hampson was one of 32 freshmen to earn the All-American honors from the NCBWA and the only freshman out of the Big West to earn the award.
He hit .308 on the year, which tied for the team lead, and led the Dirtbags with 74 hits. He also slugged .392 with 13 doubles, two triples and one homer while driving in 19 runs. His 44 runs scored were the most on the squad.
Hampson also led the team with six sacrifice flies in addition to having six sacrifice bunts on the year. The highly touted freshman also showed some prowess with the glove, making some dazzling plays in key moments of tight ballgames. He fielded .948 on the season and turned 34 double plays.
The Dirtbags advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008 with the help of the freshman at shortstop and went 2-2 in the Gainesville Regional. They advanced to the Regional final but fell to the College of Charleston, finishing the season with a 34-26 overall record.
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