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Palmquist Tabbed NCBWA First Team Freshman All-American

by David Villavicencio

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami’s Carson Palmquist picked up his second Freshman All-America honor, earning first-team honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Palmquist was among the 34 standout freshman selected to the NCBWA All-America team and the left-handed pitcher was one of 17 players named to the NCBWA first team, while 17 others garnered second-team distinction.

The most dominant closer in the ACC and one of the top relievers in America, Palmquist earned his first-career All-America honor when he garnered second-team distinction from Collegiate Baseball. He was joined by infielder Yohandy Morales on Collegiate Baseball’s Freshman All-America team announced last week. The southpaw was also named the All-ACC first-team relief pitcher after an incredible first full season in Coral Gables.

Palmquist, who was also named to the 2021 ACC All-Freshman Team, was named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy. He is the only freshman among the 10 finalists for the 2021 NCBWA Stopper of the Year.

The Fort Myers, Fla., native finished the 2021 season with an ACC-leading 14 saves that rank third nationally. Palmquist wrapped up the season with a 2.22 ERA, allowing just 11 earned runs over 25 appearances. His 75 strikeouts pace all Miami pitchers and he is averaging 15.1 strikeouts per nine innings pitched with a 9.4-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. His 14 saves tie him for 10th place in a single season in Miami history, joining former standouts Robbie Morrison (1996) and George Huguet (2001).

The Freshman All-American team is voted upon by the membership of the NCBWA. The 2021 NCBWA National Freshman Player of the Year and National Freshman Pitcher of the Year will be announced on Tuesday, June 15.

The complete NCBWA Freshman All-America team can be viewed HERE.