Wallner earns All-America honors

By FROM SOUTHERN MISS,

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

First Team

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

 

Second Team

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

 

Third Team

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

 

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