Walton Named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American

June 4, 2014

Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-Americans

TUCSON, Ariz. - Redshirt-freshman Adam Walton was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American at shortstop, Collegiate Baseball newspaper announced Wednesday. The Buffalo Grove, Illinois, native becomes the Illini's 12th Freshman All-American in school history and fifth in the last seven years, joining outfielder Casey McMurray in 2008, outfielder Willie Argo in 2009, multiple-position player Reid Roper in 2012 and starting pitcher Kevin Duchene last season.

Walton, who was granted a medical redshirt after nearly missing all of last season with a broken finger, earned second-team All-Big Ten honors and Big Ten All-Freshman recognition in his first full season of action. He led the team with a .329 average following a torrid finish to the season and ranked second with 13 stolen bases. After beginning the year 0-for-20, he went on a career-high 18-game hitting streak from March 22 to April 22, marking the longest by an Illini this year. The redshirt-freshman started the final 37 games at shortstop and tallied 22 runs, five doubles, three triples, a home run and 19 RBI.

Walton is playing for the Madison Mallards in the Northwoods League this summer.