April 11, 2011

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston baseball player Ryan Walsh (Newton, MA) has been named Little East Conference Baseball Co-Player of the Week for the week of April 4-10, it was announced today by the conference. He shares this week's honor with Eastern CT State University senior DH Jim Schult. The award marks the second time in the senior's career he's been honored by the conference as he also received the honor last season during the week of May 3-9.

In three games last week, Walsh batted .615 (8-for-13), crushing six extra base hits. Over the weekend in a Little East Conference doubleheader vs. Rhode Island College, the senior second baseman from Newton, MA went a combined 8-for-10 with six extra base hits--two home runs and four doubles--and six RBI. He was also perfect in the field, recording a 1.000 fielding percentage on 17 chances.

On the year, Walsh is putting together another All-American caliber campaign as he leads the Beacons with a .413 batting mark (33-80) while also leading the team in homeruns (eight), RBI (27), total bases, (66), runs scored (26), slugging percentage (.825), on-base percentage (.478) and is tied for the team lead in triples (one).

Over his career, Walsh has a .330 (197-597) career batting average, which is the highest in school history and one of eight career records the senior broke last season. He also holds the record now with 220 hits, 171 runs scored, 57 doubles, 360 total bases, 68 walks, 400 fielding assists, 142 RBI, stolen bases 65 and a .603 slugging percentage while his total of 21 homers rank second all-time. He has played in 150 games to place first on the UMass Boston all-time list and has hit safely in all but 28 games of his career to contribute to an astounding .464 career on-base percentage.