GREENSBORO, N.C. – Sophomore Jeffrey Praml (Bridgewater, N.J.) and graduate student Jake Walkinshaw (Seymour, Conn.) of the Southern New Hampshire University baseball team were chosen for the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) East All-Region Team, it was announced Wednesday.
Praml, who has already received National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) All-East First Team, Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-East First Team and Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team honors this year, captured a spot on the ABCA All-East First Team. In a team-high 25 appearances, Praml went 5-1 with 10 saves and a 0.98 ERA, while punching out 44, walking only seven and giving up just 17 hits, in 36-and-two-third innings. Praml, who had a 22-and-a-third-inning scoreless streak across 17 appearances from March 3-May 16, led the conference in appearances, while ranking seconds in saves and fourth in batting average against (.140). In SNHU's single-season record book, Praml tied for first in appearances, placed third in saves and ranked fourth in ERA.
Walkinshaw collects the second ABCA honor of his career, matching the Second Team nod he received in 2016. He joined Praml on the NE10 and D2CCA First Team, while grabbing a Second Team spot from the NCBWA. 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.
The 40-15 Penmen, ranked as high as fourth in the NCBWA Division II Poll, captured their third straight Northeast Division title, but lost in the first round of the NE10 Championship, before winning the NCAA East II Regional, as the region's No. 2 seed. They were one of the final two teams standing in the East Region for the fourth consecutive year, but did not prevail in the NCAA East Super-Regional against the New York Institute of Technology.
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