April 26, 2011

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston baseball player Ryan Walsh (Newton, MA) has been named Little East Conference Baseball Player of the Week for the week of April 18-24, it was announced Monday by the conference. The award marks the second time this season and third time in the senior's career he's been honored by the conference as he also received the honor earlier this year during the week of April 4-10 and last season during the week of May 3-9.

In five games last week, Walsh hit .400 (8-for-20) and drove in 12 runs this past week to power UMass Boston to a 4-1 mark, including a 2-1 record inside the conference circuit. The Newton, MA product hit safely in each contest, including three games with at least two base knocks. Walsh launched three home runs to become the Beacons' all-time career leader with 23. On April 19, he went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks to reach safely in four of his five plate appearances at Southern Maine. Walsh drilled a three-run shot in the seventh to spark UMass Boston's come-from-behind victory. Two days later, the senior second baseman made each of his two hits count against Lasell with a triple and home run to drive in four. Walsh capped off his week with a 3-for-8 showing at Keene State. He hit a dinger and drove in three in the nightcap to help the Beacons salvage a split with the Owls.

On the year, Walsh is putting together another All-American caliber campaign as he leads the Beacons with a .386 batting mark (44-114) while also leading the team in homeruns (11), RBI (41), total bases, (89), runs scored (32), slugging percentage (.781), on-base percentage (.454) and triples (two).

Over his career, Walsh has a .330 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 231 hits, 177 runs scored, 59 doubles, 383 total bases, 73 walks, 417 fielding assists, 156 RBI, stolen bases 68 and a .603 slugging percentage and 24 homeruns. He has played in 159 games to place first on the UMass Boston all-time list and has hit safely in all but 30 games of his career to contribute to an astounding .463 career on-base percentage.