FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2011
Walker earns second team All-America from CollegeBaseballInsider.com
Captain America has nothing on JU baseball’s Adam Brett Walker as he receives his sixth All-America accolade for the 2011 season by earning second team honors from CollegeBaseballInsider.com.
Walker is the first JU player to get All-America honors from CollegeBaseballInsider.com since Chad Hauseman received the accolade in 2003. His total All-America honors this year are the most by any Dolphin in a single season, beating out Ernie Carr’s four in 1988.
“We are happy that Adam is continuing to get recognized,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “He is a special player with a bright future ahead of him. We are excited to have him and several other key pieces of our team as we enter the 2012 season.”
Overall in 2011, Walker was named first team All-America from Perfect Game USA and second team All-America from Baseball America, Louisville Slugger (Collegiate Baseball), the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America (NCBWA) and the America Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). Walker also was a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy (NCBWA) and Golden Spikes Award (USA Baseball). He was earned ABCA All-south region honors with sophomore Dan Gulbransen and named District III Player of the Year by NCBWA to round out the list.
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 Gulbransen for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks in the Cape Cod League.