Valparaiso University baseball freshman Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo) capped a stellar rookie season with another high honor as he was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on Wednesday.
Hannahs also earned the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year award and Second-Team All-MVC honors for his play this spring. He becomes the third Valpo player to achieve Freshman All-American status, joining shortstop Spencer Mahoney (2012) and pitcher Jon Tieman (2017).
Hannahs was one of two Valpo players to start all 51 games this season and led the team in batting average (.296), hits (55) and on-base percentage (.389). He also had 10 extra-base knocks, three home runs, 22 RBIs, 72 total bases and a .387 slugging percentage. The third baseman became the first Valpo freshman to lead the team in batting average since Spencer Mahoney in 2012.
After starting the season with a .200 average over his first 11 games, Hannahs hit .336 over his last 36 regular-season contests while posting a .434 on-base percentage in that time. He finished the season with a 20-game on-base streak. Hannahs earned MVC Player of the Week on May 3 after posting a slash line of .556/.636/.667 over five games against Illinois State and Notre Dame.