On Wednesday, Collegiate Baseball newspaper announced that Illinois Fighting Illini redshirt-freshman Adam Walton was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American at shortstop.
Walton becomes the 12th Illini to be named a Freshman All-American in the school’s history and the fifth in the last seven years.
He joins former Illini like outfielder Casey McMurray (2008), outfielder Willie Argo (2009), multiple-position player Reid Roper (2012), and starting pitcher Kevin Duchene (2013) .
Last season, Walton played some for the Fighting Illini, but received a medical redshirt when sidelined with a broken finger. In his first full season, he earned second-team All-Big Ten honors and Big Ten All-Freshman recognition.
Adam Walton led the team with a .329 average as a freshman in 2014. His beginning to the 2014 season was a less than morable one as he went 0-for-20 at the plate. Since that point, Walton snapped off an 18-game hitting streak that lasted from March 22 to April 22. It was the longest hitting streak for the Illini this past season.
Walton started the final 37 games for the Fighting Illini at the shortstop position. In this span, he racked up 22 runs, five doubles, three triples, a home run and 19 RBI.
This summer, Adam Walton is playing ball for the Madison Mallards in the Northwoods League.