MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sophomore Jeffrey Praml (Bridgewater, N.J.) and graduate student Jake Walkinshaw (Seymour, Conn.) of the Southern New Hampshire University baseball team were named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) East All-Region Team, it was announced Thursday.
Praml, who joined Walkinshaw on both the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-East First Team and Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team, claimed a spot on the NCBWA All-East First Team. In a team-high 23 appearances, Praml is 5-1 with 10 saves and a 1.08 ERA, while punching out 41, walking only six and giving up just 16 hits, in 33-and-a-third innings. Praml, who had a 22-and-a-third-inning scoreless streak across 17 appearances from March 3-May 16, ranks second in the conference in saves and appearances, as well as fifth in batting average against (.145). In SNHU's single-season record book, Praml is second in appearances, third in saves and fourth in ERA.
Walkinshaw collected a Second Team nod, which is the first NCBWA honor of his career. In 14 appearances, including 13 starts, Walkinshaw is 7-1 with a 1.77 ERA, allowing just 68 hits, while striking out 96 and walking 29, in 91-and-two-thirds innings. Walkinshaw, who has held batters to a .210 average against him, has gone the distance twice and limited opponents to two runs or less in 10 starts. Walkinshaw leads the league in innings pitched, while ranking second in wins, third in strikeouts, fifth in ERA and 11th in strikeouts per game (9.43). 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 fifth in innings and eighth in strikeouts in the program's single-season record book.
The 40-13 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, before winning the NCAA East II Regional, as the region's No. 2 seed. They now begin a best-of-three NCAA East Super-Regional against the fifth-seeded New York Institute of Technology on Friday, May 24 (3:30 p.m.)
For the latest on Southern New Hampshire University athletics, follow the Penmen via social media on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Instagram. Sign up to receive text message alerts and e-mail newsletters about your favorite Penmen teams here.