In 2015, Cole Hallum, as a two-way star for the Campbell Camels, was the Big South Player of the Year.
At the plate, he was outstanding, hitting .327/.426/.599 with 12 homers and 47 RBI. The slugging percentage mark, his homer total, and his RBI total were all good for the team lead.
On the mound, he was the team’s best reliever. In 26 innings, spread over 20 appearances, he had a 1.04 ERA, a 17/5 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and nine saves, all the while allowing just 16 hits.
Based on that production, he came into the 2016 season with big expectations, but what was supposed to be his senior season never really got off the ground, as he was limited to just a handful of games due to injury.
Now, rather than the 2016 season being his swan song in a Campbell uniform, Hallum is back for the 2017 season, once again with the expectation that he will be one of the most dynamic two-way players in the country. Recently, he was named a preseason Second Team All-American by the NCBWA, for example.
With Coastal Carolina having moved from the Big South to the greener pastures of the Sun Belt Conference, the Big South is as wide open as it has been in a long time. Led by Hallum, both at the plate and on the mound, the Campbell Camels look poised to fill that power vacuum.