MANSFIELD, Mass. – Graduate student Jake Walkinshaw (Seymour, Conn.) and sophomore Jeffrey Praml (Bridgewater, N.J.) of the Southern New Hampshire University baseball team were selected to the Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team, as two of six Penmen to earn end-of-the-year honors from the league office Wednesday.
Walkinshaw, after claiming Second Team honors in 2016 and 2018, is picked for the First Team for the first time in his illustrious career. In 13 appearances, including 12 starts, Walkinshaw is 7-1 with a 1.90 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 leads the league in wins and innings pitched, while placing third in strikeouts, fifth in ERA and seventh in strikeouts per game (9.61). 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, an All-Rookie Team member a year ago, has been lights-out at the back of the Penmen bullpen. 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.
Junior Wesley Tobin (Portsmouth, N.H.) earned the first NE10 All-Conference accolade of his career, landing a spot on the Second Team. In his first season as a starter with the Penmen, Tobin has made 12 appearances, including 10 starts, going 7-3 with a 2.69 ERA. Over 70-and-two-thirds innings, the big right-hander has given up just 53 hits, while striking out 83 and walking only 17. In seven starts since the beginning of March, Tobin has allowed more than one earned run just twice. He is tied for the conference lead in wins, and ranks fourth in strikeouts and strikeouts per game (10.64), and 17th in ERA.
Tobin was joined on the Second Team by first-time All-Conference selection, sophomore Sam Henrie (Middleboro, Mass.). Henrie is batting .304 with 15 extra-base hits, including a home run, 35 RBI and 33 runs scored, while successfully swiping 16 of 19 stolen bases. Henrie, who made the Second Team in the utility spot, has posted a .986 fielding percentage in 47 games at first base and in the outfield. Henrie has collected multiple hits in 18 contests, including six three-hit performances. In addition to leading the team in batting, RBI, extra-base hits and stolen bases, he ranks sixth in the NE10 in hits (58), eighth in RBI and doubles (12), ninth in stolen bases and 15th in both runs and total bases (77).
Redshirt-junior Joshua Goldstein (Haverhill, Mass.) collected his second consecutive Third Team honor. Goldstein, the only member of the team to play in all 48 games, has hit .297 with a pair of home runs, 19 RBI and 39 runs scored, while collecting 15 stolen bases on 19 attempts. He has helped bolster a .434 on-base percentage by drawing 20 walks and getting hit by a pitch 19 times. The second baseman has handled 204 of his 210 chances cleanly and helped turn 22 double plays. Goldstein leads the league in hit by pitches, while placing fifth in runs, eighth in OBP and 11th in steals. Goldstein is pacing the team in OBP and runs scored, while ranking second in batting average, walks and stolen bases. Goldstein, who already owned the top spot in the program's single season record book with 17 HBPs last season, has now penciled his name into the top two slots.
Freshman Alex Kennedy (Braintree, Mass.) received an All-Rookie Team nod after playing in 32 games. He is currently hitting .255 with 15 RBI, 13 runs scored and 14 walks. The left fielder has also been perfect on his 35 chances in the field. Kennedy, the April 1 NE10 Rookie of the Week, enjoyed a 10-game stretch from March 15-April 5 in which he went 13-for-37 (.351) with six RBI and seven runs scored.
The 36-12 Penmen, ranked 15th 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 await their NCAA East Regional fate when the NCAA Selection Show airs Sunday, May 12 (10 p.m.) at NCAA.com.
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