WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2011
Walker receives second team NCBWA All-America honors
Sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker has another honor for his trophy shelf after the JU baseball standout received second team All-America honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America (NCBWA) on Wednesday afternoon.
Walker, who also was named District III “Player of the Year” by NCBWA on Monday, is the sixth Dolphin all-time to earn All-America honors by the association and the first since Casey Shumaker received first time accolades in 2001.
To date for this season, the Wisconsin native has also been named first team all-conference and “Player of the Year” by the A-Sun, Louisville Slugger second team All-America by Collegiate Baseball and was a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy (NCBWA) and Golden Spikes Award (USA Baseball).
“This is a big honor for Adam,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “He had a huge year for us so I’m not surprised he is continuing to get noticed. We look forward to seeing Adam get better as he continues his JU career.”
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. His hits and total bases totals each broke single-season records for the program. In conference, Walker batted .446 with 16 doubles, six home runs and 42 RBI to take home the A-Sun’s top honor.
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.
Walker and fellow JU teammate Dan Gulbransen are currently playing for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks in the Cape Cod League.