The series is presented as the Mississippi Farm Bureau Classic.
Wallner named first team and Braley garnered second team accolades.
The trio of Taylor Braley, Nick Sandlin and Matt Wallner were recognized by two different postseason team announcements.
Named 2017 first-team All-Conference USA (starting pitcher); honored first-team All-C-USA for second consecutive season…2017 (Jr.): Anchor of pitching staff…Appeared in 15 games, all starts for the Golden Eagles…Second consecutive season he has led team/tied for team lead in wins and strikeouts…Is 10-2 with 2.96 ERA, the lowest among Golden Eagle starters…Twice went career-best eight innings; vs. Xavier (3/10); at Western Kentucky (3/31)…Eight scoreless inning with career-high 11 strikeouts at WKU (3/31); seven scoreless innings vs. Northeastern (2/18); six scoreless innings vs. Florida Atlantic (5/6)…Went seven innings, allowing 2 runs on nine hits with six strikeouts in elimination game vs. Louisiana Tech (5/25) in Conference USA tournament…Is 22-4 in three seasons; wins are tied for fifth most in career; his 39 career starts are sixth most in program history... One of three Golden Eagles named Preseason All-Conference USA.
2016: (So.): A first-team All-Conference USA…Named to 12-man Conference USA All-Academic team…Led the team in victories with an 8-1 record…Added a team-best 89 strikeouts…His 16 starts also a team high…Posted 3.15 ERA, allowing 34 runs on 100 hits over 88 2/3 innings…Threw complete game (seven innings) at UAB (4/17)…Named to NCAA Tallahassee All-Regional team, after throwing six shutout innings with four strikeouts, zero walks and only three hits allowed in the opener against South Alabama (6/3)…Reached career-high nine strikeouts on three occasions, most recently vs. Western Kentucky (5/7), as well as UTSA (3/26) and Marshall (3/19)…Added eight strikeouts vs. Rice (4/24)…Allowed just one hit against WKU…Team won 15 of 16 games he started, including nine of the 10 C-USA games he began…Picked up wins in six of 10 C-USA starts…Registered a win in C-USA tournament, checking Marshall (5/26) on three runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings…Posted a 2-1 record with a 1.98 ERA in five appearances (four starts) for the Orleans Firebirds in the Cape Cod Baseball League…Fanned 20 and walked just six in 22 2/3 innings of work…Did not allow a run over his first 11 innings of work during the summer…Named to President’s List during the fall and spring semesters…Earned a C-USA Academic Medal as well as a member of the league’s Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the year.
2015 (Fr.): One of four, former Oak Grove teammates on Golden Eagles’ roster…Joined former Oak Grove High teammate Taylor Braley on 2015 All-Freshman Conference USA… One of three Golden Eagles to make debut in 2015 as true freshmen… Appeared in seven games, including five starts…Finished 4-1 with 4.09 ERA…First two starts _ New Orleans (2/18); at South Alabama (3/3) _ ended in no decisions…Allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings vs. UNO; Scattered six hits over 4 2/3 shutout innings at South Alabama…Picked up first career win with 2 2/3 innings in relief vs. Ole Miss (4/7), allowing just a walk…Picked up win in debut in weekend rotation, allowing one run on eight hits in Went 7 innings at Western Kentucky…Followed with another, 7-inning outing in the second game of a doubleheader vs. Florida Atlantic, surrendering an unearned run on five hits, with three walks and three strikeouts…Went a career-long 7 2/3 innings in a win vs. Marshall (5/2), allowing no runs on six hits and two walks…Posted career-high six strikeouts in a 5 1/3-inning relief appearance at Rice (3/28)... Named to 2014 fall President’s List with 4.0 GPA.
Prep: Posted 25-3 pitching record and career .364 batting average with 16 doubles, four triples, six home runs and 69 RBI over career at Oak Grove High School…Captured two 6A state championships in baseball during the 2012 and 2014 seasons…Did not finish any worse than South State championship series in his four seasons…Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen senior season, as well as a Louisville Slugger honorable mention All-American in both 2013 and 2014…Made 2014 North/South All-Star game…Three-time, First-team All-State selection, while earning second-team All-State honors as a freshman…Earned first-team All-district, All-Area and All-Region all four seasons…Also played first base and outfield…As senior, went 7-1 with a 1.41 ERA…Fanned 81 and walked just 10 over 54 2/3 innings of work…Holds the state record for most strikeouts (118) during his junior campaign and his 307 total for his career is a state-best as well...Whiffed a career-best 18 against Meridian in 2013…Led school’s football team to a 14-1 record his senior season to win the state title in football at quarterback…Threw for 6,989 yards and 80 touchdowns with just 20 interceptions…Participated in USA Baseball’s Tournament of Stars…Member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Son of Morgan and Angela McCarty…Two brothers, one sister…Dad ran cross country at Southern Miss…Majoring in Accounting.