Selected preseason All-American by D1Baseball.com (first team), Collegiate Baseball (second team), Perfect Game (second team) and Baseball America (third team)…Tabbed C-USA Preseason Player of the Year…Earned Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for the Fall 2017 semester.
2017 (Fr.): Picked as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Freshman Hitter of the Year, while D1Baseball.com and Baseball America tab him their national Freshman of the Year…Earned All-America honors by the NCBWA (first team), D1Baseball.com (first team), Baseball America (second team), Perfect Game/Rawlings (second team), ABCA/Rawlings (third team)…Placed first on the ABCA/Rawlings All-South region first team…Named Conference USA Freshman of Year, to the league’s All-Freshman team and was a second-team all-league pick…Voted to 2017 C-USA All-Tournament team…Second Golden Eagle ever invited to USA Baseball Collegiate Training Camp…Played in all 66 games and starts in 65 contests (53 in outfield, 12 as designated hitter)…Batted 336 on the season…Tied for 10th most home runs in a season at the school with 19 home runs, to go along with a .655 slugging percentage…Finished second with 63 RBI, .463 on-base percentage tied for second in walks with 45 and third in hits with 79 hits…Added 56 runs, 14 doubles and two triples…His 19 home runs were one shy of conference record for freshman, and his home runs and RBIs set new school marks for a freshman…Hit a double off the center-field wall at Taylor Park in his first collegiate at-bat…Added 14 multi-run games with career-high three runs, three times at Louisiana-Lafayette (3/5), versus Columbia (3/15) and versus Charlotte (5/27, G2)…Collected 26 multi-hit games including a career-high three hits three times coming against Northeastern (2/18), UAB (5/13) and Charlotte (5/27, G2)…Tallied a team-best 18 multi-RBI games; career-high four RBIs, twice, versus FIU (4/7) and Old Dominion (4/22)…Hit two home runs vs. Marshall (3/24)…Had longest hitting streak of 12 games (3/24-4/9)…Reached base streak stretched to 37 games at one point during the campaign…Also made nine appearances as pitcher...Finished 2-0 with 1.84 ERA and three saves…First career win came after two innings of scoreless, one-hit relief vs. Evansville (2/24)…Went a career-long 4 2/3 innings, career-high seven strikeouts to earn second win at Louisiana-Lafayette (3/5)…Earned first career save with three innings at Louisiana Tech (3/17)…Collected saves versus Mississippi State (3/21) and South Alabama (3/28)…Allowed three earned runs on eight hits in 14 2/3 innings; walked seven, struck out 15…Named to the 2017 Spring semester and 2016 Fall semester Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.
Prep: Played for Coach Tal Gravelle…Originally signed with University of North Dakota before that school disbanded its baseball program…Became first players drafted from his high school in at least 15 years when Minnesota Twins took him in 32nd round…All-State selection…St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press East Metro player of the year…Two-year All-Suburban East Conference…Three-year baseball letterman…As a senior, went 7-1 with 0.95 ERA and 95 strikeouts…Hit .382 with 10 home runs; of his 29 hits, 18 went for extra bases…Played in Minnesota Lions All-Star Game…Two-year basketball letterman.
Personal: Son of Maggie and John Wallner…Majoring in Finance.