Matt Wallner Named D1Baseball.com Freshman of the Year
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss outfielder Matt Wallner earned his third national Freshman of the Year award Thursday by being named to that honor by D1Baseball.com.
The Forest Lake, Minn., also garnered the Freshman Hitter of the Year accolade by the National Collegiate Baseball Association (NCBWA) and Freshman of the Year award by Baseball America. In addition, he made the Freshman All-America teams by Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game/Rawlings and earned the Conference USA’s Freshman of the Year nod.
Wallner 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). His home run total was the most by any freshman in country while his RBI total ranked second. The 6-foot-5 outfielder/pitcher also added 14 doubles, two triples and four stolen bases.
Wallner was the only freshman selected to the All-America first team last month.
• C-USA Hitter of the Week – 4/3
• Second Team All-Conference USA
• C-USA All-Freshman Team
• C-USA Freshman of the Year
• C-USA All-Tournament Team
• Baseball America Freshman of the Year
• D1Baseball.com Freshman of the Year
• NCBWA Freshman Hitter of the Year
• D1Baseball.com All-American (first team)
• NCBWA All-American (first team)
• Baseball America All-American (second team)
• Perfect Game/Rawlings All-American (second team)
• ABCA/Rawlings All-American (third team)
• Baseball America Freshman All-American (first team)
• Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American
• NCBWA Freshman All-American (first team)
• ABCA/Rawlings South All-Region (first team)