Jan. 12, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, MN - University of Massachusetts Boston baseball player Ryan Walsh (Newton, MA) was named to the D3Baseball.com preseason All-America Second Team it was announced today by D3Baseball.com
Last season, Walsh was 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. He was highly decorated with a First Team All-Region award from the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association and a First Team All-Star honor by the Little East Conference. A year ago, the senior put together the greatest offensive season in school history, breaking six UMass Boston records, while leading the Little East Conference in five categories and ranking among the top five in 13. He also stands among the nation's top 20 in four categories. The second baseman 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. He places 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) ranks third among LEC leaders as does his .647 slugging percentage. Walsh 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. He also ranked fifth in the conference with eight home runs and a .488 on-base percentage. He showed tremendous plate discipline with 17 more walks than strikeouts and has fanned just 13 times in 240 plate appearances for a rate of just once every 18.5 plate appearances. Walsh was also been 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. The slick fielder did not commit a miscue in his last 77 chances, covering 18 games from April 29 through the seasons close. The 6'0", 180-pound second baseman 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. He's failed to get a hit in consecutive games just once last season and has reached base safely via a hit, walk or bases on balls in 108 of his last 111 games dating back to April 8, 2008. A graduate of Newton North High School, Walsh registered just one total RBI in his first six games of the year, before driving in 11 runs over his next four games. His penchant for knocking in multiple runs proved to be a running theme throughout the campaign with 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. He 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. Walsh's ability to cross the plate was highly evident during a 12-game stretch from April 24 to May 9, where he scored in every contest a total of 27 times and was named the LEC Player of the Week for the week of May 3-9.
Walsh has a .381 (197-517) career batting average, which is the highest in school history and one of eight career records the senior broke last season along with 197 hits, 145 runs scored, 50 doubles, 294 total bases, 61 walks, 337 fielding assists and a .570 slugging percentage. He also ranks second with 115 runs batted in and 59 stolen bases, while his total of 13 homers is the fifth-most in school annals. He has played in 131 games to place fifth on the UMass Boston all-time list and has hit safely in all but 23 games of his career to contribute to an astounding .460 career on-base percentage.
UMass Boston finished the season ranked ninth in the ABCA/Collegiate Baseball Newspaper national poll and 12th in the NCBWA/d3baseball.com national poll with a 32-17 record and their first-ever appearance in the Division III College World Series. The team broke nearly every team record in school history, while various individual standards also fell during the campaign. The Beacons will open the 2011 season in Florida playing in the Russmatt Tournament from March 10-18 that features an outstanding field with games against four regionally ranked teams from 2010 as well as match-up on March 15 vs. SUNY-Cortland who also appeared in the 2010 Division III College World Series and were ranked No. 2 in this year's pre-season poll.