Barefoot named to NCBWA Freshman All-America Team

Matthew Barefoot (
Matthew Barefoot (

LYNCHBURG, Va. --- Campbell's Matthew Barefoot has been named to the 2017 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Freshman All-America team as a first team outfield selection.

Barefoot was one of 31 standout Division I freshmen honored from every part of the country. Overall, the list features players from 29 different schools and 15 different conferences, while five players on the squad are members of teams which have advanced to the College World Series.

Barefoot was an All-Big South second team selection and was named a Freshman All-American by The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. He finished his rookie campaign with a team-high .335 batting average, which ranked seventh in the conference. He led the league with 22 doubles, while his 74 hits, 120 total bases and five sacrifice flies all stood second.

The Dunn, North Carolina native was second on the team with 48 RBI and eight homers. He was a three-time Big South Freshman of the Week honoree and picked up the league's Player of the Week honor once.

The Freshman All-American team is voted upon by the membership of the NCBWA. The 2017 NCBWA National Freshman Player of the Year and National Freshman Pitcher of the Year will be announced on Tuesday, June 13.

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport.