Baseball secures more preseason All-America honors
Gulbransen (left)/Walker II (right) earned more early honors.
Gulbransen (left)/Walker II (right) earned more early honors.
JU baseball’s junior duo of Adam Brett Walker II and Dan Gulbransen secured more preseason accolades before hitting the field Friday to start the 2012 season.

Walker II was named preseason first team All-America by Baseball America and He has been named preseason All-America so far by Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball (Dec. 20), the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (Dec. 14), Perfect Game USA (Jan. 27) and College Baseball Daily (Feb. 9).

Gulbransen joined Walker II on the list by getting honorable mention. The duo was also preseason Atlantic Sun all-conference selections, while Walker II was tabbed preseason conference Player of the Year.

“We always appreciate the honors we get,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “These two players are very deserving, but they are both ready to get back on the field and be better than they were last season. We expect a lot of good seasons out of several players this year.”

As a sophomore, Walker II was named A-Sun Player of the Year with a .409 batting average, 99 hits and 23 doubles. 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 receive 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 along with Walker II received all-south region honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association.

The duo also kept in sync with each other by spending the summer playing in the Cape Cod League playing for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks. Gulbransen finished third on team in hitting with a .303 average, while Walker II was tied for the team lead in RBI with 17.

The Dolphins open the 2012 season Friday with a three-game set at Southern California. First pitch for game one is set for 9 p.m. EST.