HATTIESBURG – For the second time in three years, Southern Miss outfielder Matt Wallner (Forest Lake, Minn.) earned All-America honors, Monday, by the publication Baseball America.
Wallner collected the magazine’s 2017 National Freshman of the Year award, while also earning second-team All-America honors that season.
Wallner played in all 189 games over this three-year career for the Golden Eagles, making 188 starts (10 in leftfield, 93 in centerfield, 67 in rightfield and 18 at designated hitter including once as both DH/P).
A co-captain this season as voted on by his teammates, he batted .323 during his junior campaign, with 12 doubles, 23 home runs and 60 RBI, earning Conference USA first-team honors. His home run total is tied with four other former Golden Eagles (Clint King 2003, Jeff King 2003, Bill Selby 1992, Fred Cooley 1989) for the most in a single season at the school.
Wallner became the school's career home run king with 54 on the final day of the regular season with a pair of homers versus UAB (5/18). He added two more round-trippers in the C-USA Tournament and two in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional to finish with 58 homers for his career.
He earned selection to the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional all-tournament team and was the C-USA Tournament Most Valuable Player, which included a 10th-inning, game-winning two-run homer against Rice in the C-USA opener.
It was his second game-winning homer of his career and third game-winning hit. He also earned C-USA Hitter of the Week (May 19) during the final week of the regular season.
Wallner ranks fifth on the career charts for RBI (190), sixth in slugging percentage (.652), seventh in total bases (449) and first in walks (141). He enjoyed a season-high nine-game hitting streak late in the season, ending in the first LSU regional contest. He finished third in multi-hit games (17 two-hit, 5 three-hit, 1 four-hit) with 23 and first in multi-RBI games (9 two-RBI, 3 three-RBI, 3 four-RBI and 1 five-RBI) with 16.
This award marks the first for Wallner in 2019 and the eighth All-America accolade of his career.
Last week, Wallner became the highest-ever draft pick by a Southern Miss baseball player as the Minnesota Twins took him with the No. 39 pick overall in the Competitive Balance Round A, sandwiched between the first and second rounds.
Baseball America All-America Teams
C Adley Rutschman, Oregon State
1B Andrew Vaughn, California
2B Cameron Cannon, Arizona
3B Kody Hoese, Tulane
SS Will Wilson, North Carolina State
OF Hunter Bishop, Arizona State
OF JJ Bleday, Vanderbilt
OF Matt Wallner, Southern Miss
DH Austin Martin, Vanderbilt
SP Ryan Garcia, UCLA
SP Alek Manoah, West Virginia
SP Ethan Small, Mississippi State
SP Noah Song, Navy
RP Kyle Hill, Baylor
RP Jacob Wallace, Connecticut
UTL Aaron Schunk, Georgia
C Eric Yang, UC Santa Barbara
1B Spencer Torkelson, Arizona State
2B Nick Gonzalez, New Mexico State
3B Drew Mendoza, Florida State
SS Josh Jung, Texas Tech
OF Peyton Burdick, Wright State
OF Jake Mangum, Mississippi State
OF Jake Sanford, Western Kentucky
DH Kyle McCann, Georgia Tech
SP Jake Agnos, East Carolina
SP Isaiah Campbell, Arkansas
SP Emerson Hancock, Georgia
SP TJ Sikkema, Missouri
RP Matt Cronin, Arkansas
RP Holden Powell, UCLA
UTL J.C. Flowers, Florida State
C Korey Lee, California
1B Aaron Sabato, North Carolina
2B Justin Foscue, Mississippi State
3B Davis Wendzel, Baylor
SS Bryson Stott, Nevada-Las Vegas
OF Zach Ashford, Fresno State
OF Jordan Brewer, Michigan
OF Kevin Strohschein, Tennessee Tech
DH Cameron Warren, Texas Tech
SP John Doxakis, Texas A&M
SP George Kirby, Elon
SP Nick Lodolo, Texas Christian
SP Zack Thompson, Kentucky
RP Brandon Eisert, UCLA
RP Andrew Magno, Ohio State
UTL Tristin English, Georgia Tech