Wallingford to Return for Senior Season with @MemphisBaseball
June 13, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis left-handed pitcher Caleb Wallingford has elected to put his professional baseball career on hold and is returning to the University of Memphis for his senior season.
“We are very excited to have somebody of Caleb’s caliber to return for his senior year given his success and the leadership he has shown,” head coach Daron Schoenrock said. “Chasing the professional dream is something everybody in our clubhouse has and for somebody to turn it down to finish what he started here, speaks volumes of Caleb. We are thrilled to have Caleb back for another year.”
Wallingford became the Friday night starter in March and finished the year with a 6-5 record and a 2.44 ERA. A first team all-conference selection, Wallingford made 14 starts and 16 appearances on the way to 88 2/3 innings pitched. The Elkhorn, Neb. native struck out 70 against 24 walks while holding opponents to a .237 average against.
“It was definitely one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make, but after talking with family, friends, coach Schoenrock and coach (Russ) McNickle, I felt in my heart the best decision for me was to come back to Memphis for my senior year,” Wallingford said. “I feel I can really benefit from another year of development and a full offseason to train. I can’t wait to finish what I started here at Memphis. I had a bitter taste in my mouth about the way this season ended for us and I want to end my college career on a strong note.”
Wallingford, a 35th round selection, was one of four players drafted in the 2014 MLB Draft. Junior left-hander Jacob Moody signed with the Cincinnati Reds as a 17th round selection. Junior RHP/UT Bryce Beeler signed with the New York Mets as a 19th round pick. Senior SS Ethan Gross inked with the Chicago White Sox after being drafted in the 26th round.
“For Bryce and Jacob, the time was right for those young men to go achieve their dreams of playing professional baseball,” Schoenrock added. “We’d love to have those guys back, but we are very happy for them. We are thrilled that Ethan put in his four years of hard work and was rewarded with his selection to keep playing. He was deserving of that opportunity and we look forward to following these guys in their next chapter of baseball.”