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MAKING A NAME FOR HIMSELF: Ethan Wilson earns Freshman All-American honors

Andalusia alumni, Ethan Wilson, continues to bring in the postseason accolades following a historic freshman year at the University of South Alabama.

This weekend, Baseball America named Wilson to the First-Team Freshman All-American team.

“Honestly, it feels good,” Wilson said. “There are some great players on that list. I’m just honored and humbled to be recognized along with the best freshman in the nation.”

Wilson had one of the best seasons by a freshman in the history of the Jaguars’ baseball program.

“I got really happy,” Wilson said about getting named a Freshman All-American. “There are really no words to describe it. It’s just an honor and nice to see all of the hard work and time start to pay off. Just seeing it become a reality. I’m just blessed with the ability that God gave me and I’m going to use that to do my best every single time I touch the field.”

He smashed the school record for home runs by a freshman. The previous record was nine and Wilson blasted 17 home runs this season for USA.

Aside for setting school records, Wilson proved himself to be one of the best bats in the Sun Belt Conference.

Wilson was sixth in the conference in batting average (.345), second in slugging percentage (.686), fifth in on base percentage (.453), third in runs scored (59), eighth in hits (76), ninth in RBIs (51), ninth in doubles (16), second in triples (4), third in home runs (17), and second in total bases (151).

For his success, Wilson was named Sun Belt Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year. He was the only player in the country to win both conference Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year.

Recently, Wilson was named the NCAA’s Co-Freshman of the Year.

He as also named to the Third-Team All-American list by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and Third-Team All-American by American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings.

For the first time in many years, Wilson is taking the summer off from playing baseball.

“I really can’t remember the last summer that I wasn’t playing baseball,” Wilson said. “It’s probably been since middle school. It’s been a little boring without baseball and just trying to find something to do.”

Wilson said that although he misses playing baseball right now, he is enjoying his summer.

“It’s been good,” Wilson said. “I stayed down here at South just working out and hitting in the cage. We workout Monday through Friday and just got hit on the cage on our own. Part of me wishes that I would have played summer ball, but it’s nice to just relax and not focus on baseball.”

Wilson said that several of his teammates also stayed down at South for the summer.

“It’s nice having teammates still here for the summer,” Wilson. “We workout during the week and we all hang out.”