|Ryan Dalton is the first player in UTSA history to earn Freshman All-America honors from the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball.
Third baseman Ryan Dalton was named a second-team Pro Line Athletic Freshman All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) on Monday. Dalton, this spring's Southland Conference Freshman of the Year, is the first Roadrunner in program history to earn the nation's most prestigious honor for first-year players from both the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball
Tabbed a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American last Wednesday, Dalton is coming off an inaugural season that saw him record a .305 batting average with team bests of 17 home runs and 51 RBIs (both UTSA freshman records) in 50 starts at the hot corner. Despite not playing since May 22, the Sugar Land native finished the year tied for the Southland lead in homers and his total currently is tied for second nationally among freshmen. Dalton's squad-leading 120 total bases this spring translated to a .632 slugging percentage and he also paced the Birds with 19 multi-hit and 13 multi-RBI contests in addition to crossing the plate 38 times.
"Last week was such a great feeling, but to earn another award from the baseball writers is just icing on the cake," Dalton said. "Like I said last week, this is a great individual honor, but neither one could have happened without my teammates. I can't wait to build on this season with a great summer and come back next year to help us win a Southland Conference title."
He was the lone freshman from the Southland to appear on the two squads.
Ryan Crew (2003), Michael Rockett (2006) and Tim Palincsar (2007) are the other three players to earn Freshman All-America honors in UTSA's 19-year history, but all of theirs came from Collegiate Baseball