Redshirt-Freshman Led Illini with .329 Average, Posted 18-Game Hitting Streak
Athletes from Eight Spring Sports Honored for Excellence in the Classroom
Offense Produces 15 Hits as Duchene Earns Fourth Win and Jay Collects 10th Save
Five Named to Second Team, One Picked to Third Team; Two Tabbed All-Freshman
Illinois Moves Back into Tie for Second in Big Ten at 17-5 Behind Duchene, Walton
2014 - Redshirt-Freshman: Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper ... Second-team All-Big Ten and All-Big Ten Freshman Team at shortstop ... Led the team with a .329 average and was second in stolen bases (13), which both ranked 10th in the Big Ten, along with tallying 22 runs and 19 RBI ... Ranked seventh in the Big Ten with a .356 average during conference games ... Played in 44 games and made 41 starts with 37 at shortstop, two in left field, one at third base and one at second base ... Made first career start at shortstop vs. Indiana State (3/18) and started the final 37 games at the position ... Finished the year strong with a .489 average (22-for-45) and six extra-base hits (three doubles, two triples, home run) over the final 13 games ... Started the season 0-for-20 before going on career-high 18-game hitting streak from March 22 to April 22 ... Led Illinois with a .397 average (27-of-68) during that 18-game stretch, which ended against Missouri on April 23 ... His 18-game hitting streak was the longest by an Illini in 2014 and equaled shortstop Thomas Lindauer for the longest streak since Justin Parr's school-record 33-game mark in 2013 ... Hit his first home run at Nebraska (5/16) to spark the Illini comeback ... Posted 13 multi-hit games, including seven three-hit performances ... Scored a season-high two runs and posted a season-high two RBI four different times ... Went 5-for-5 in the doubleheader vs. Xavier (3/22), going 2-for-2 with two walks in game one and 3-for-3 with his first career triple in game two ... Played for the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League along with Illini teammates Will Krug, Rob McDonnell and Charlie Naso during the summer ... Academic All-Big Ten. | Game-by-Game Stats
2013 - Freshman: Qualified for a medical redshirt ... Played in 11 games, starting four at second base, before suffering a broken finger that sidelined him for the remainder of the season ... Hit .222 with six walks, four runs, two stolen bases and an RBI ... Scored the game-tying run in the eighth inning in the 2-1 10-inning victory vs. Southern Illinois (3/18) ... Started at second base at Southern Illinois (3/16), walking twice, scoring a run and stealing a base ... Started first game as an Illini vs. Ohio (2/22) and tallied first career run, hit, RBI, walk and stolen base ... Notched a pinch-hit single at Baylor (3/9 G2) ... Made Illini debut at Tennessee Tech (2/15) and reached base on a pinch-hit walk ... Played for the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League along with Illini teammates Nick Blackburn and Ryan Nagle during the summer. | Game-by-Game Stats
Ranked the No. 19 overall prospect in the class of 2012 in Illinois by Prep Baseball Report ... PBR lists him as one of the top two athletes in the class of 2012 in Illinois ... Hit .370 with three home runs, seven doubles, two triples and 43 RBIs in 2011 ... Named a 2011 Under Armour Preseason All-American top 25 prospect ... Named a 2011 Perfect Game Preseason High Honorable Mention All-American and 2010 Perfect Game Preseason Honorable Mention All-American ... Named a 2011 All-North Suburban Conference first-team selection.
Born September 22, 1993 ... Parents are Mark and Juli Walton ... Has two siblings, Jorie and Allie ... Majoring in recreation, sport and tourism with a concentration in sport management ... Favorite athlete is Derek Jeter ... Earliest baseball memory is playing wiffle ball with his dad in the backyard ... His father most influenced his athletic career because he always led by example and showed how working hard at whatever you do had intangible awards along with always being there for him and believing in him during times of adversity.
Updated September 2014