TUSCON, Ariz. (goleathernecks.com) – Drue Galassi became the third Western Illinois baseball player ever to receive the NCAA Division I Freshman All-American honor from Collegiate Baseball. The national publication announced its team on Wednesday (June 7).
Galassi joins pitcher Aaron Michel (2013) and infielder Ryan Schmidgall (2003) receiving the national Freshman All-America award.
The redshirt-freshman outfielder led Western hitting eight home runs on the year and finished second with 31 RBI in 42 games played. He batted .281 on the year, adding six doubles, one triple and 29 runs scored. Galassi also finished second on the squad with nine stolen bases and a .519 slugging percentage.
Galassi tied for sixth in The Summit League for home runs and slugging percentage, tied for ninth in stolen bases and 12th in RBI.
He turned in a career-best game in April against SIU-Edwardsville, going 5-for-5 at the plate with five runs scored and 10 runs driven in. Galassi hit a pair of grand slams, setting or tying WIU single-game records in: RBI, runs scored, and grand slams. His 10 RBI currently ranks as the second-highest single game total in NCAA Division I this season.
The record-breaking week batting helped Galassi earn a National 'Co-Player of the Week' award from Collegiate Baseball and The Summit League's 'Player of the Week' honor.
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