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MARTIN, Tenn. –
University of Tennessee at Martin first baseman Ethan Whitley has been named a 2018 Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Freshman All-American.

The 2018 Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s list includes 122 college freshmen who were selected for this honor. All in all, seven Ohio Valley Conference players received the honor while Whitley was just one of nine first basemen tabbed to the class.

Whitley joins Connor Aube (2017), Ben Upton (2014), Phil Sorensen (2011) and Wes Patterson (2008) as the only Freshman All-American recipients in program history.

This award marks the second postseason accolade for Whitley, who was named to the OVC All-Freshman team last month. The Mason, Tenn. native is coming off of an impressive 2018 campaign as he started every game at first base while sporting a .267 overall batting average and tallied team-highs of nine home runs and 32 RBIs for head coach Ryan Jenkins.

Whitley’s nine homers led all OVC rookies and ranked second in program history by a freshman. He put up 16 multi-hit contests and tied for the most single-game RBIs by any UT Martin player in 2018 when he drove in five runs against eventual OVC Tournament champion Morehead State on April 6. He also became the first UT Martin freshman to record a multi-home run game when he belted a pair of dingers against Union on April 17.

The 6-1, 210-pound right-handed slugger put up productive numbers in OVC action as he boasted a .303 batting clip to go along with a .532 slugging percentage and .356 on base percentage. In league action, Whitley hammered six homers and racked up 25 RBIs while also scoring 20 runs himself.

Whitley proved his worth in the field as well as he sported a .989 fielding percentage and made only four errors on 373 chances. He was errorless in the first 23 contests of the season while leading the Skyhawks with 342 putouts to go along with 27 assists.

Whitley is part of a strong, young UT Martin core who knocked off a pair of nationally ranked opponents in the spring, including current NCAA Super Regional participant Tennessee Tech and Conference USA champion Southern Miss.

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