MANSFIELD, Mass. – Graduate students Jake Walkinshaw (Seymour, Conn.) of the Southern New Hampshire University baseball team and Tiago Fernandes (Porto, Portugal) of men's tennis team were selected as their sport's Northeast-10 Spring Sport Excellence Award winners, the conference office announced Tuesday afternoon.
Walkinshaw, who finished his sport management degree with a 3.88 GPA and wrapped up his MBA this year with a perfect 4.0, turned in a stellar season that saw him collect Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) East All-Region First Team, American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) East All-Region Second Team, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) East All-Region Second Team, NE10 All-Conference First Team, Google Cloud Academic All-District and NE10 Academic All-Conference accolades. In 15 appearances, including 14 starts, Walkinshaw went 7-2 with a 2.01 ERA, allowing just 78 hits, while striking out 102 and walking 31, in 98-and-two-thirds innings. Walkinshaw, who held batters to a .218 average against him, went the distance twice and limited opponents to two runs or less in 10 starts. Walkinshaw led the league in innings pitched and strikeouts, while ranking second in wins, seventh in ERA and 11th in strikeouts per game (9.30). 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 finished second in innings and fifth in strikeouts in the program's single-season record book. Walkinshaw, who captures the third NE10 Academic All-Conference honor of his career, was drafted by Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics in the 36th round earlier this month.
Fernandes, a business administration major with a 3.96 GPA, who finished his pursuit of his MBA with a perfect 4.0 GPA, earns the honor for the third straight season. Fernandes was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region Senior Player of the Year, Northeast-10 Player of the Year (for the third straight season), an NE10 All-Conference First Team selection (for the fourth time), an NE10 Man of the Year finalist, a Google Cloud Academic All-America and All-District Men's At-Large Team honoree (for the second consecutive year) and an NE10 Academic All-Conference pick (for the third year-in-a-row). Fernandes finished the season 21-5, overall in singles play, including 17-4 at the top flight and a perfect 9-0 in league play. SNHU's all-time singles wins leader at 80, Fernandes won 14 of his last 16 matches, and fell just three wins shy of matching the single-season program record of 24 victories that he set a year ago.
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