Matt Wallner Adds to Resume with Two More All-America Awards
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss freshman outfielder Matt Wallner received more accolades for his initial season with the Golden Eagle program over the last few days.
Wallner earned third-team All-America honors by the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings and also garnered first-team Freshman All-America pick by Perfect Game/Rawlings in his latest rounds of awards.
The Forest Lake, Minn., product now has garnered selection to five All-America teams, which also includes first-team honors by D1Baseball.com and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and second-team nods by Baseball America and Perfect Game/Rawlings.
As for freshman prizes, Wallner earned the NCWBA Hitter of the Year accolade and made Freshman All-America teams by Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA and Perfect Game Rawlings. In addition, Wallner was the Conference USA Freshman of the Year.
In 2017, Wallner registered a .336 batting average during his initial campaign 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.
His offensive numbers included a .463 on base percentage along with a .655 slugging percentage for the Golden Eagles.
Wallner joins the USA Baseball Collegiate Team Training Camp on Tuesday, June 20, 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 22-25.
The Golden Eagles finished the 2017 season by compiling a 50-16 record, compiling a school record for victories, while also capturing the C-USA regular season title. The squad appeared in their 14th NCAA tournament this spring and played host to a regional for only the second time in its history.