Buies Creek – Campbell senior Cole Hallum has been named a 2016 Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-American, announced today by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
Hallum, the 2015 Big South Player of the Year, was also named Third Team Louisville Slugger All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper 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 in 2015. As the Camels’ closer on the mound, the junior 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.
He is one of two Big South student-athletes on the list, joining Coastal Carolina shortstop Michael Paez.
Over the last four seasons, the Camels own 163 wins, averaging nearly 41 per year, with eight All-America selections, four Academic All-Americans, nine professional contracts, including a record three MLB Draft picks in 2015, 25 all-conference picks, as well as an outstanding 3.02 team GPA.
The Camels will open the 2016 season on February 19, hosting Miami (Ohio) at Jim Perry Stadium.