Wallner named Freshman All American by NCBWA

Wallner named Freshman All American by NCBWA

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The postseason accolades continue to accumulate for University of Southern Mississippi outfielder Matt Wallner.

Monday, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced that Wallner had been named to its 16-man, first-team Freshman All-American team.

Wallner, Conference USA's Freshman of the Year, became the first Golden Eagle ever named to the NCBWA's Freshman All-America first team and the first since the organization named relief pitcher Bradley Roney a second-team Freshman All-American in 2012.

Last week, Wallner was named first-team Freshman All-America by Collegiate Baseball and joined junior Taylor Braley as a second-team All-America selection by Baseball America.

Wallner, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound native of Forest Lake, Minn., set Southern Miss freshman records with 63 runs batted in and a team-high 19 home runs. He also hit 14 doubles and two triples.

In 66 games, he hit .336, including a .463 on-base percentage and .655 slugging percentage, helping the Golden Eagles to a school-record 50 wins and the Conference USA regular-season championship.

Wallner tied for the team lead with 18 multi-RBI games and ranked second on the team with 26 multi-hit games.

In addition to being name to C-USA's All-Freshman team, he earned second-team All-C-USA honors and also was named to C-USA's All-Tournament team.

Wallner will report later this month to the USA Baseball Collegiate Team training camp, vying for a spot on the 24-man roster. The invitees will train in Cary, N.C., and play games against teams in the summer collegiate wood-bat Coastal Plains League from June 20-25.

He becomes the second Golden Eagle invited to the USA Baseball tryouts, joining former Golden Eagle standout pitcher Tony Phillips, who made the team in 1991.