FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2012
Walker II earns preseason first team All-America by Perfect Game USA
The early honors continue for JU baseball first baseman Adam Brett Walker II as he was named preseason first team All-America from Perfect Game USA.
The junior made the list as a designated hitter after being rated as the second-best first baseman in college baseball in their power rankings yesterday.
This is the third preseason honor for the Wisconsin native who earned preseason first team All-America honors by Louisville Slugger (Collegiate Baseball) on Dec. 20 and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) on Dec. 14.
“We are happy that Adam is continuing to get this recognition,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “Everyone still has his great 2011 season on their minds. We are looking forward to what Adam and the rest of our guys have in store for this season.”
As a sophomore, Walker II 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 II 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 II also received A-Sun all-tournament honors after pacing the Dolphins with a .429 average (6-14) with a home run and two RBI.
For his efforts, Walker II was named first team All-America from Perfect Game USA and second team All-America from CollegeBaseballInsider.com, Baseball America, Louisville Slugger (Collegiate Baseball), the NCBWA and the America Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). Walker II 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 Dan Gulbransen and named District III Player of the Year by NCBWA to round out the list.
Entering 2012, the Wisconsin native is tied for seventh in home runs at 29 in the career books with Pete Clifford (2003-07) and Rich Katz (1971-74). In other categories, Walker II needs eight doubles, 50 total bases and 60 hits to crack the top 10 all-time, respectively.
The Dolphins open the 2012 season in Los Angeles at Southern California for a three-game series starting Feb. 17.