Bregman Comfortable Home and Abroad
LSU freshman returns to Team USA for a third time
Louisiana State freshman shortstop Alex Bregman has never lost a game as a member of Team USA.
In 2010, as a member of the USA Baseball 16U National Team, Bregman and his teammates capped off a 9-0 summer by beating Mexico in the gold-medal game at the 16U Pan American Championships in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico. It was an intimidating environment for Team USA, but was a game Bregman will never forget.
"Definitely going to Mexico and playing them in the gold-medal game and winning the gold is my favorite Team USA experience so far," Bregman said. "It was the first time I played for Team USA, and we knocked off the host team in its own country in front of 13,000 fans. We just came out there with a lot of fire and competed our butts off."
Bregman led the team in batting average (.564), RBIs (17) and runs (17), on his way to being named tournament MVP. After his outstanding play in 2010, Bregman won the Richard W. "Dick" Case Award - USA Baseball's player of the year.
Bregman followed 2010 with a second gold medal as a member of the 2011 USA Baseball 18U National Team. The team finished 9-0 and won the 2011 18U Pan American Championships in Cartagena, Colombia.
In 2013, Bregman will look to continue his perfect record wearing the red, white and blue as a member of the Collegiate National Team. He will join the CNT with two international tours of experience under his belt, and the knowledge of what it takes to win internationally.
"It gives me all the confidence in the world," Bregman said. "I think winning two gold medals in the past just sparks another fire to not lose a game. I haven't lost a game for Team USA yet, and I don't plan to this summer"
As the anchor of the LSU lineup this spring, Bregman is leading the Tigers in batting average (.385), hits (101), doubles (17), triples (7), stolen bases (15), and is second on the team in RBIs (52) prior to LSU's Super Regional victory against Oklahoma.
His instant success in the Southeastern Conference, one of the toughest college baseball conferences in the country, made him an easy choice to represent Team USA this summer.
Although the Collegiate National Team is mainly comprised of sophomores, Bregman will be one of the most experienced players on the team when it comes to international competition.
Joining Bregman on the 2013 Collegiate National Team is LSU sophomore pitcher Aaron Nola, who will be making his first appearance for Team USA. Although Nola is older, Bregman is the one explaining what to expect this summer.
"I told him it's the most fun I've had playing baseball," Bregman said. "I know he's a great competitor and he's going to fit the USA mold perfectly. He goes out there and competes every time he's on the mound and I just told him to do that for Team USA. You're playing for your country now, buddy, so you better get ready for that."
Being named to a national team is an impressive accomplishment, and even though this is Bregman's third time receiving the good news, he says there's no drop of excitement level.
"It's just an unbelievable feeling," explained Bregman. "Once Coach Mainieri told me I made the college team, I couldn't stop smiling for the rest of the day. I called my family and they were so excited. It's a tremendous honor to be chosen for Team USA and to be able to represent your country."