MANCHESTER, N.H. – Graduate student Jake Walkinshaw (Seymour, Conn.) and sophomore Jeffrey Praml (Bridgewater, N.J.) of the Southern New Hampshire University baseball team were chosen for Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) East All-Region First Team honors, it was announced Wednesday.
Walkinshaw, who was selected to the Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team last week, earns the second all-region accolade of his career, including the first from the D2CCA. In 13 appearances, including 12 starts, Walkinshaw is 7-1 with a 1.89 ERA, allowing just 62 hits, while striking out 91 and walking 27, in 85-and-two-thirds innings. Walkinshaw, who has held batters to a .207 average against him, has gone the distance twice and limited opponents to two runs or less in nine starts. Walkinshaw is tied for the league lead in wins and ranks second in innings pitched, third in strikeouts, sixth in ERA and eighth in strikeouts per game (9.56). He was named the NE10 Pitcher of the Week on four occasions this season, while no other pitcher in the league won the award more than once. Walkinshaw is ninth in innings and 10th in strikeouts in the program's single-season record book.
Praml, who also joined Walkinshaw on the NE10 First Team, is an all-region honoree for the first team in his career. In a team-high 20 appearances, Praml is 4-0 with nine saves and a microscopic 0.64 ERA, while punching out 38, walking only six and giving up just 11 hits, in 28-and-two-thirds innings. After relinquishing his only two runs of the year in his first four appearances, he is now in the midst of a scoreless streak that has lasted 21-and-a-third innings. Praml ranks second in the conference in saves and appearances, as well as third in batting average against (.118). In SNHU's single-season record book, Praml is second in ERA, third in saves and fourth in appearances.
The 36-12 Penmen, ranked 17th in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), captured their third straight Northeast Division title, but lost in the first round of the NE10 Championship and will now host the NCAA East II Regional, which begins Thursday at Penmen Field, as the region's No. 2 seed.
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