NCBWA Names Matt Wallner First-Team Freshman All-American
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss outfielder Matt Wallner garnered one of 16 spots on the 2017 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Freshman All-American first team, the organization announced today.
Wallner, who earned Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America honors and second-team Baseball America All-America accolades last week, registered a .336 batting average during his initial season with the Golden Eagles while putting together Southern Miss freshman records for home runs (19) and runs batted in (63). The 6-foot-5 outfielder/pitcher also added 14 doubles, two triples and four stolen bases.
The Forest Lake, Minn., native’s offensive numbers included a .463 on base percentage along with a .655 slugging percentage for a Golden Eagle squad that won a school-record 50 games. In 66 games this season, Wallner tallied 26 multiple-hit games, which tied for second best on the club, and knocked in two-or-more runs a team-high tying 18 times. In addition, he registered a 12-game hitting streak at one point during the campaign.
Later this month, Wallner will join the USA Baseball Collegiate Team Training Camp to earn a chance to make this summer’s roster. Training camp invitees will compete for a spot on the final 24-man roster, which will be announced on July 1. The players will train at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, and play games with teams in the Coastal Plains League from June 20-25.
The Freshman All-American team is voted upon by the membership of the NCBWA. The 2017 NCBWA National Freshman Player of the Year and National Freshman Pitcher of the Year will be announced on Tuesday, June 13.
Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. For more information about the NCBWA, visit the association's official Web site, www.ncbwa.com.