THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011
Walker named second team All-America by Baseball America
The All-America honors continue to roll in for sophomore first baseman Adam Brett Walker as he was named second team All-America by Baseball America on Thursday.
Walker is just the fourth overall player in JU history to get the accolade from the national publication, joining Mark Guerra (1994, 2nd team), Ernie Carr (1988, 2nd team) and Mike Christ (1984, 3rd team).
“Adam joins a great group of JU players who got this award,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We always knew he was a special player and people saw that this year. Hopefully, he can continue this success next season as a junior.”
This is the third All-America honor for Walker, who picked up second team All-America accolades from Louisville Slugger (Collegiate Baseball) and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America (NCBWA). He was also named District III “Player of the Year” by NCBWA on June 13 and was a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy (NCBWA) and Golden Spikes Award (USA Baseball).
On the field in 2011, 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.
Walker batted .446 with 16 doubles, six home runs and 42 RBI in conference play to take home the A-Sun “Player of the Year” and first team all-conference honors. Walker also received A-Sun all-tournament honors after pacing the Dolphins with a .429 average (6-14) with a home run and two RBI.
In the career books, the Wisconsin native is tied for seventh in home runs at 29 with Pete Clifford (2003-07) and Rich Katz (1971-74). In other categories, Walker needs eight doubles, 50 total bases and 60 hits to crack the top 10 all-time, respectively.
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 is currently playing with fellow Wisconsin native and JU teammate Dan Gulbransen for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks in the Cape Cod League.