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Matt Wallner, USM

Southern Miss slugger Matt Wallner (USM Athletics)


2017 Freshman All-America Team


SEE ALSO: A profile of Freshman of the Year Matt Wallner

Southern Mississippi slugger Matt Wallner, the D1Baseball Freshman of the Year, headlines the 2017 D1Baseball Freshman All-America teams, released Thursday.

Wallner led all freshmen with 19 home runs and a 1.118 OPS this spring, helping Southern Miss win 50 games and host a regional. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound behemoth also made nine appearances off the mound, going 2-0, 1.84 with 15 strikeouts in 14.2 innings. Earlier this spring, D1Baseball’s Mark Etheridge detailed Wallner’s journey from overlooked Minnesota prep player to University of North Dakota signee[…]