@Memphis Baseball Adds JUCO Pitcher Caleb Wallingford to Roster
Aug 27, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – University of Memphis head baseball coach Daron Schoenrock announced Tuesday that former McLennan Community College pitcher Caleb Wallingford will join the Tigers for the 2014 season.
“With the departure of three underclassmen who pitched significant innings for us last year, we felt it was important to add an experienced pitcher to the mix,” Schoenrock said. “Caleb brings that to the table with some Division I experience as well as a heavy workload at the junior college level. We expect him to compete for a significant role on the 2014 team.
A native of Elkhorn, Neb., Wallingford pitched one season for McLennan, throwing 72.1 innings for the Highlanders to compile a 4-6 record. In his lone season with the Highlanders, Wallingford tied a single season school record with 14 starts. He recorded four complete games on the season, including a complete game shutout against Eastfield College.
Wallingford began his collegiate career at Kansas State, making 13 appearances with two starts (Northern Colorado, Kansas) for the Wildcats. He totaled 18.0 innings on the mound, throwing a season-high five innings against Kansas. Wallingford made his first collegiate start against Northern Colorado, pitching 2.2 innings with four strikeouts, four walks, four hits and three earned runs in a 7-5 KSU win.
Wallingford was a three-sport athlete during his time at Elkhorn High School, lettering three years in baseball, football and basketball. On the diamond, Wallingford set school records for most strikeouts in a game with 15 against Lincoln High in 2010 along with the most single season strikeouts in 2011 with 68.
In his senior year under head coach Steve Frey, Wallingford went 5-2 with a 1.64 ERA to help the Antlers to a district championship and state runner-up finish. Before finishing his prep career, Wallingford captured the Eastern Midlands All-Conference First Team, Second Team Superstate, Nebraska Class B First Team All-State and Under Armour and Rawlings Preseason All-American honors.
Wallingford also excelled on the gridiron, throwing for 1,750 yards and 15 touchdowns his senior year in addition to six rushing touchdowns to help EHS to a state runner-up finish. Wallingford was named first team all-conference, first team all-district and was tabbed a First Team All-Omaha Area selection.