Cayden Wallace named Freshman All-American

By: Scottie Bordelon Scottie Bordelon's Twitter account
Published: Monday, June 21, 2021
Arkansas batter Cayden Wallace (7) watches the ball after hitting a home run against Southeast Missouri State during an NCAA baseball game on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Fayetteville. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
Arkansas batter Cayden Wallace (7) watches the ball after hitting a home run against Southeast Missouri State during an NCAA baseball game on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Fayetteville. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

Arkansas outfielder Cayden Wallace picked up a significant postseason honor Monday.

A native of Greenbrier, Wallace was named a first team Freshman All-American by Perfect Game. He was one of six SEC players on the first team.

Arkansas has had 24 Freshman All-Americans in its history. The Razorbacks have had at least one Freshman All-American each year since 2017, and Arkansas has had 11 players earn that distinction in the past 11 seasons.

Wallace, who had a team-high 67 hits, played in and started 60 of the Razorbacks’ 63 games in 2021 and finished fourth on the team with 44 RBI and a .279 batting average. His 14 home runs tied the school’s freshman record previously set by Heston Kjerstad in 2018.

With his home run in Arkansas’ season-ending loss to North Carolina State, Wallace broke a tie with Christian Franklin and Matt Goodheart to tie Brady Slavens for second on the team in that category.

Wallace is the fourth Razorback to be named an All-American in the last week. Relief pitcher Kevin Kopps earned first-team honors by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, starting pitcher Patrick Wicklander was voted to the second team and outfielder Christian Franklin was voted to the third team.

Arkansas Freshman All-Americans

Jeff King, 3B, 1984

Phillip Stidham, RHP, 1989

Matt Carnes, RHP, 1995

Matt Erickson, 3B, 1995

Brian Kirby, OF, 1998

Charlie Isaacson, RHP, 1999

Jake Dugger, OF, 2004

Danny Hamblin, DH, 2004

Nick Schmidt, LHP, 2005

Shaun Seibert, RHP, 2005

James Ewing, 2B, 2006

Brett Eibner, OF/RHP, 2008

Zack Cox, 3B, 2009

Barrett Astin, RHP, 2011

Dominic Ficociello, INF, 2011

Nolan Sanburn, RHP, 2011

Tyler Spoon, OF, 2013

Keaton McKinney, RHP, 2015

Dominic Fletcher, CF, 2017

Heston Kjerstad, OF, 2018

Casey Martin, INF, 2018

Connor Noland, RHP, 2019

Robert Moore, 2B, 2020

Cayden Wallace, OF, 2021

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