Ryan Dalton became the first consensus Freshman All-American in program history on Wednesday.
DURHAM, N.C. — Third baseman Ryan Dalton was named a second-team Freshman All-American by Baseball America on Wednesday.
Dalton, this spring's Southland Conference Freshman of the Year, previously was honored by both Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, making him the first consensus Freshman All-American in program history.
The Sugar Land native 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 frosh records) in 50 starts at the hot corner. Despite not playing since May 22, he finished the year tied for the Southland lead in homers and 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.
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.