BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell utility man Cole Hallum has been named Second Team Preseason All-America by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Hallum was also named Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American by the Collegiate Baseball newspaper prior to an injury plagued 2016. Hallum played just six games for the Camels before being sidelined.
Hallum was the 2015 Big South Player of the Year, a Third Team Louisville Slugger All-American in addition to First Team All-Big South at the utility position, hitting .327 with 12 home runs, eight doubles and 48 RBI, scoring 31 runs. As the Camels' closer on the mound, he added a 1-1 record with a 1.04 ERA and nine saves.
The Bakersfield, Calif. native was named a Louisville Slugger Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week on March 23, belting three home runs with 10 RBI in a series at High Point. He was also named Big South Player of the Week twice (3/9, 3/23). Hallum is the second Camel to be named Big South Player of the Year, following J.C. Hendrix in 1991.
See the complete list of 2017 NCBWA Preseason All-Americans here.
Hallum will headline a group of five starting position players and one starting weekend arm for the Camels this season, who were picked second in last week's Big South Preseason Poll.
Campbell begins the 2017 season Feb. 17, hosting Northern Kentucky at Jim Perry Stadium.