THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2011
Baseball earns three honors from American Baseball Coaches Association
Sophomores Adam Brett Walker and Dan Gulbransen have more accolades to add the shelf as the JU baseball duo each received postseason honors from the America Baseball Coaches Association.
Walker and Gulbransen each secured all-south region honors – the first JU representatives since Pete Clifford in 2007. Walker also earned his fifth All-America accolade this year by receiving second team honors. Walker is the third Dolphin all-time to earn All-America honors from the ABCA, joining Jeremy Gillian (2009, 1st team) and Tom McMillan (1973, 2nd team).
“We are happy for Adam and Dan,” said JU head Terry Alexander. “They are two great people who had stellar seasons so it’s great to see them recognized for it. They are a nice tandem to still have as we begin work towards the 2012 season.”
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) 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, 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.
Gulbransen was named first team all-conference honors in 2011 after ranking second in average (.370), doubles (18), triples (2), RBI (52) and slugging percentage (.546). He led the A-Sun in walks (50) and finished second in the conference in on-base percentage (.491). Off the field, Gulbransen earned A-Sun all-academic honors, Capital One Academic All-America third team accolades and was named to the President’s Honor Roll.
Walker and Gulbransen is currently spending the summer in the Cape Cod League playing for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks.