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Palmquist Nabs Freshman All-America Honor

by David Villavicencio

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Miami closer Carson Palmquist was named a Freshman All-American by Baseball America, giving the left-hander his third such honor after an impressive first full season of college baseball.

The most dominant closer in the ACC and one of the top relievers in America, Palmquist was named to Baseball America’s first team. He was also named a Freshman All-American by the NCBWA and was joined by infielder Yohandy Morales on Collegiate Baseball’s Freshman All-America team.

The left-hander has also been named a first-team All-American by the NCBWA and Perfect Game, while he earned second-team honors from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and D! Baseball, and a third-team selection by the ABCA. Palmquist was also named to the ABCA Southeast All-Region first team. He was also selected to represent his country this summer as a member of USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team.

Palmquist, who was also named to the 2021 ACC All-Freshman Team, was named the All-ACC first-team relief pitcher after an incredible first full season in Coral Gables. The southpaw was named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy. He was 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.

Palmquist’s 75 strikeouts paced all Miami pitchers and he averaged 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 complete Baseball America Freshman All-America teams can be viewed HERE.