Wallingford Headlines Three @MemphisBaseball All-Conference Selections
May 20, 2014
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Left-handed pitcher Caleb Wallingford headlines three University of Memphis baseball standouts that received American Athletic Conference honors on Tuesday at Bright House Networks Field as part of the opening ceremonies for the 2014 American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship.
Wallingford was voted by eight other league coaches as a first team all-conference selection, marking the third-straight season Memphis has had a first team starting pitcher. Wallingford sports a 1.87 ERA with 70 strikeouts over 86 2/3 innings. Out of his 13 starts, nine have been quality starts and he has pitched six or more innings in 11 of the 13 starts.
Right-hander Jon Reed was a third team selection after posting a 7-3 record and a 3.45 ERA in 14 starts and 91 1/3 innings. Reed had one complete game, coming against UConn at FedExPark on May 3, and the redshirt-senior pitched eight or more innings in four of his outings. Reed finished the regular season with 57 strikeouts against 28 walks and allowed six or fewer hits in 10 of his starts.
Outfielder Jake Little rounds out the Tigers all-conference selections as the coaches voted him to the third team as well. Little hit .307 on the year with a team-high five home runs, 69 hits, and 33 RBI. The redshirt-sophomore is tied for the national lead with 11 outfield assists. Six of Little's 11 outfield assists were runners being thrown out at the plate.
Memphis begins play in the American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. (CT) against No. 5 Louisville. The Tigers two other games in pool play come against Rutgers on Friday at 10:00 a.m. (CT) and USF on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. (CT). All games can be seen live on the American Digital Network for free. Links for each game are available via the schedule page on GoTigersGo.com.
2014 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE BASEBALL AWARDS
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE PITCHER OF THE YEAR
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE ROOKIES OF THE YEAR
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE COACH OF THE YEAR
* = Unanimous Selection