MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011
Walker named NCBWA District III “Player of the Year”
The honors continue to come for sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker as he was named District III “Player of the Year” by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America (NCBWA) on Monday.
Walker led the A-Sun with a .409 batting average, 99 hits and 23 doubles in helping the Dolphins reach the NCAA regionals for the fourth time in the last six seasons. He also paced the squad with 13 home runs, 75 RBI, 165 total bases and a .685 slugging percentage. Walker batted .446 with 16 doubles, six home runs and 42 RBI in conference play en route to earning A-Sun “Player of the Year” and first team all-conference honors.
The Milwaukee, Wis. native was also one of 36 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy (NCBWA) and one of 30 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award (USA Baseball), while gaining Louisville Slugger second team All-America by Collegiate Baseball.
“Walker improved in every facet of his game this season and I’m excited to see his hard work recognized,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “He made huge strides from his freshman season to this year and I have no doubt he’ll continue to improve.”
Prior to the season, Walker earned a spot on the A-Sun Preseason All-Conference Team as an outfielder. He was also voted one of the top three “Biggest Power Threats” by A-Sun coaches in the CollegeBaseballInsider.com A-Sun preview.