|High School:||Newton North|
Named as a "Player to Watch"
All-American second baseman that will bat third in the lineup ...
Will be the heart of the order and expected to produce another
strong offensive and defensive season ... Ranks
first among UMass Boston's career leaders in batting average,
doubles, slugging percentage, fielding assists, hits, total bases
(first) and in the top five for stolen bases (second), runs scored
(second), homeruns (T-fourth) and hit by pitch
2010 Named to the Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-America Third Team as well as a Third Team All-America honoree by D3baseball.com ... Selected to the First Team All-Region squad from the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association and was also named a First Team All-Star by the Little East Conference ... Over 49 games, led the league with a school-record 81 hits, 72 runs scored, 21 doubles, 59 runs batted in and 130 total bases, while ranking second with 31 stolen bases in 33 attempts ... Placed fifth in all of Division III in runs, 11th in stolen bases, 14th in doubles and 18th in hits ... His school-record mark for walks (30) ranked third among LEC leaders as did his .647 slugging percentage, which also ranks third all-time at UMB for single-season slugging ... Hit.403 (81-201) for the seventh-highest batting average of all-time at UMass Boston and ranked fourth among league leaders and his assist total of 116 was also the fourth-highest in the league ... Ranked fifth in the conference with eight home runs and a .488 on-base percentage ... Showed tremendous plate discipline with 17 more walks than strikeouts and fanned just 13 times in 240 plate appearances for a rate of just once every 18.5 plate appearances ... Was one of the best defensive players in the nation with just five errors in 222 chances for a .978 fielding mark in 49 games, while leading all conference middle infielders with 27 turned double plays ... Did not commit a miscue in his last 77 chances, covering 18 games from April 29 through the seasons close ... Put together a season-high 18-game hitting streak from April 24 to May 20 and hit safely in 31 of his last 34 games, while maintaining a season batting average of at least .400 over the last 29 games on the 2010 campaign ... Failed to get a hit in consecutive games just once last season and reached base safely via a hit, walk or bases on balls in 108 of his last 111 games dating back to April 8, 2008 ... Registered just one total RBI in his first six games of the year, before driving in 11 runs over his next four games ... Recorded a team-high 18 multi-RBI efforts, including a season-high of four coming on a ninth-inning grand slam to give the Beacons the difference in a 9-6 win at University of Southern Maine on May 2 ... Also led the squad with 28 multiple-hit games and strung together six straight games with two or more hits from April 10-18, where he batted a blistering .593 (16-27) during the stretch ... During a 12-game stretch from April 24 to May 9, he scored in every contest for a total of 27 runs and was named the LEC Player of the Week for the week of May 3-9.
2009: Enjoyed, perhaps, the greatest offensive season in school history and was named to the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association New England Division III Second Team and the Little East Conference First Team ... Led the team with a .424 (70-165) batting average, which ranked sixth among conference leaders and stands as the third-highest batting mark in school history ... Set school records for hits (70) and total bases (98), while tying the school mark for doubles in a season with 18 ... His hit total placed him sixth among LEC players, while standing 14th in total bases and sixth in doubles ... Led the team with a .594 slugging percentage to place 17th among the league leaders ... Finished just one stolen base shy of UMass Boston's single-season record with 24 to lead the Beacons and ranked second in the league ... Was among the LEC's top 10 in on-base percentage with a team-leading .503 mark to place sixth, hit by pitch with nine to stand seventh, sacrifice flies with a team-high three to place eighth and fielding assists with 104 to stand sixth and rank as the sixth-highest total in school annals ... Scored 48 times for the second-most in school history and ranked 13th among conference leaders, while drawing 20 bases on balls to tie him for second on the team ... Smacked a pair of triples to place second on the squad and knocked in 34 runs for the fifth-highest total in school history ... Started all 41 games for UMass Boston after making the switch from shortstop to second base prior to the start of the season, and made the most of every game he was in, hitting safely in all but five games ... Registered a hit in each of the first three games of the season to run his hitting streak to 20 straight games, dating back to the final 17 games of the 2008 campaign ... Went hitless in consecutive games just once all season and reached base via a hit, walk or hit by pitch in all but one game ... Had a streak of 46 games reaching base in that manner that stretched from April 8, 2008 to April 16, 2009 ... Finished the season with a nine-game hitting streak, which was one of three streaks of at least nine straight games on the season ... Racked up 23 multiple-hit games to lead the Beacons, including seven three-hit games and a pair of four-hit efforts ... Closed out the season with a .488 (20-41) hitting mark in his last nine contests with seven multi-hit performances, including six doubles to go with a triple.
2008: Turned in an outstanding rookie campaign, starting all 41 games that he played in at shortstop ... Batted .305 (46-151) to rank third on the team for players with more than 50 at-bats ... Placed second for UMB with 46 hits and 66 total bases and was third in RBI with 22 and doubles with 11 ... Ranked fourth in walks (11), home runs (3), slugging average (.437) and on-base percentage (.353), while placing fifth with 25 runs scored ... Ranked 14th in the Little East Conference in doubles and sixth with 119 fielding assists and 24 double plays ... His assist total was the third-most in school history ... Finished the season with a 17-game hitting streak, hitting .375 (27-72) to raise his average 64 points ... Hit safely in 30 of 41 games and racked up 12 multi-hit games to rank third on the squad and was second with five multi-RBI efforts ... Wore out left-handed pitching, hitting .450 (9-20) ... Struck out just once every 12 plate appearances ... Collected his first collegiate hit with a single vs. Simpson College on March 14 ... Went 3-4 with a homer, three runs batted in and three runs scored at Worcester State College on April 3.
Personal/High School: Won four letters in baseball and two in football at Newton North High School ... Born March 8, 1988 ... Son of Steve and Beth Walsh ... Majoring in health science ... Enjoys weight lifting, video games and the beach.