Finished the season hitting .273 with 82 runs scored (No. 2 in the nation) and 67 walks (No. 1 nationally)…started 68 of 69 games at shortstop and hit in the leadoff spot as a junior…finished his FSU career with 178 career walks, fourth-most in FSU history behind Brooks Badeaux (203), Paul Sorrento (195) and Sherman Johnson (180)…hit eight home runs on the season, including two in the Super Regional final against Sam Houston State…in FSU’s 19-0 win over Sam Houston State to reach the College World Series, went 3-for-3 with two home runs, four RBI, five runs scored and four walks…Walls five runs scored against Sam Houston State was the most since Jayce Boyd scored five times against Texas A&M in 2011 and one shy of the school record for runs in a game…between the Regionals, Super Regionals and College World Series, reached base safely in 14 consecutive plate appearances, a new FSU record…hit three leadoff home runs (Florida, Clemson, Sam Houston State)…before 2017, the last FSU leadoff home run was in 2012…hit .370 in seven Regional & Super Regional games with a .514 on-base percentage…had a pair of hits and four walks drawn in the College World Series…drafted with the 88th overall pick (3rd Round) by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2017 MLB Draft…finished his FSU career with a .284 average and 196 games started.
Started all 63 games of the season, tied for the most with John Sansone…led the team in runs scored (72), walks (59), total plate appearances (311), and assists (214)…successfully credited with 14 stolen bases on 16 attempts, second only to Ben DeLuzio (15)…opened the 2016 season going 3-for-6 with two extra base hits in a 19-1 win over Rhode Island…earned a perfect 4-for-4 outing against ACC rival Pittsburgh on March 19 with four singles and a pair of runs in the Seminoles’ 10-2 victory; he went 8-for-10 in the series against Pittsburgh…responsible for smacking a walk-off single in the 11th inning against UCF on March 23 to give FSU a 5-4 win…16-game hitting streak March 9-April 8…in a 13-8 victory over Wake Forest, Walls went 3-of-4 at the plate with three RBI and three runs scored after earning his first triple of the season…named to the 2016 Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award watch list, one of 54 players to be named to this list…notched his first multi-home run game of his career against FGCU on May 11…placed on the All-ACC Second Team in May…named as a First Team All-American by Baseball America in early June, one of only six players selected from the ACC and just the third FSU shortstop (Stephen Cardullo, Dick Howser) to be named a first team All-American…selected as a Third Team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA)…received an All-American Honorable Mention from Perfect Game…recognized by the ACC Honor Roll for student-athletes…became one of 24 players to make the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team roster in the summer of 2016…led Team USA with 14 walks and a .405 on-base percentage in 19 games over the summer.
One of only two Seminoles, and the only freshman, to start all 65 games…started every game at shortstop en route to hitting .220 with 50 hits, 43 runs, four doubles and a triple in his first season…ranked second on the team in walks with 52…finished ninth nationally in walks and 25th in base on balls per game…drew multiple walks 12 times including a season-high three against Wake Forest (March 13) and at Virginia (March 22)…swiped seven of eight bases on the year – fourth most stolen bases on the team…posted a season-high three hits twice – vs. Jacksonville (Feb. 24) and UNC Wilmington (March 1)…finished the season with 14 multi-hit games…drove in a season-high two runs on three separate occasions – Boston College (March 6), UCF (March 10) and Virginia Tech (March 28)…closed out the season on a high note hitting .296 over the final nine games…hit .333 during FSU’s run to an ACC title in Durham…was named to the 2015 NCAA Tallahassee Regional All-Tournament team after hitting .455 (5-for-11) in leading the Seminoles to wins over Mercer and the College of Charleston…registered a hit in all three games of the regional with two hits in the opening game against Mercer (May 29) and in the regional championship against the Cougars (June 1)…played summer ball with Anchorage Bucs in the Alaska Baseball League.
Graduated from Crisp County High School in Cordele, Ga….First Team All-State as a junior and senior…Second Team All-State as a freshman and sophomore…First Team All-Region all four years and made Team Georgia as a junior…named the Ray Knight Player of the Year, given to the top player in Southwest Georgia…helped lead the Cougars to the Class 4A state championship series, where he hit a three-run home run in Game 1 while also pitching…went 4-2 with a 0.70 ERA his senior season…hit over .400 his final three years with the Cougars, including .458 as a junior and .437 as a senior…named to the President’s List all four years of high school, and winner of a University of Georgia scholar award.
Son of Dave and Michelle Walls…has one brother, Austin…played basketball for three years at Crisp County…majoring in management…born on July 10, 1996.