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LaPlante Named Freshman All-American

Mason LaPlante. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Mason LaPlante. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Third baseman Mason LaPlante (Allen, Texas), who emerged as one of the Yale baseball team's top offensive and defensive players in his first season, has been named to Collegiate Baseball's Freshmen All-American Team. The newspaper announced the selections Wednesday.

LaPlante, a second team All-Ivy League selection, was second on the team in stolen bases (28 in 30 attempts) and on-base percentage (.423). He was third in runs (29) and batting average (.326) and tied for third with 46 hits. A disciplined hitter, he drew 17 walks -- second on the team -- while striking out only 18 times.

One of Yale's most consistent players, LaPlante had a 12 game hitting streak from Mar. 13 through Apr. 1. He was held hitless just once in the final nine games, recording five multi-hit games in that span. He made only two errors all season, posting a .978 fielding percentage.

"What a season Mason had," said John Stuper, Yale's head coach. "This is such exciting recognition. Sure, you can see his offensive production with his average and stolen bases. What sometimes gets lost is how well he played third. He was an outstanding defender. Bright, bright future for this young man."

LaPlante is a magna cum laude graduate of Allen High School, where he was a two-time District 6-6a defensive MVP, three-time team defensive MVP, team MVP senior year and two-time Performance Course Star of the Year. He is in Pierson College at Yale.

LaPlante was one of two Ivy Leaguers to earn Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-American honors this season. The other was Penn shortstop Josh Hood, a first team All-Ivy selection and the Ivy League Rookie of the Year.

The last Yale player to earn Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-American honors was right-handed pitcher Scott Politz '19, who was selected in 2016.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity