Wooden, Walton Honored by D3baseball

Wooden, Walton Honored by D3baseball

First Basemen Tabbed to the Second and Third Teams

FOREST, Va. --- Postseason honors came to a pair of ODAC first basemen over the past week.  Guilford's Kyle Wooden (pictured above) and Randolph-Macon's Jordan Walton were named All-American's by D3baseball.com.  Wooden earned a spot on the second team while Walton was tabbed to the third team.

Wooden, a senior from Monroe, N.C., stands third in NCAA Division III with a conference-high .467 batting average through games of May 24. He captured the ODAC Player of the Year Award last month and made the First Team All-ODAC squad. His .525 on-base percentage leads the league and his 63 hits stand second. Wooden matched Guilford's school record with 17 doubles this season and led the team in hits, runs batted in (29), on-base percentage and slugging percentage (.637). He also scored 32 runs, hit two homers and had one stolen base.

Guilford's 20th First Team All-ODAC pick, Wooden paced the Quakers with seven multiple-RBI games and recorded 21 contests with at least two hits. He enjoyed a 16-game hitting streak during the year and captured ODAC Player of the Week honors Mar. 14. Wooden was five-for-five with four runs and four RBIs in a Mar. 12 victory at league-rival Hampden-Sydney College.

RMC's Jordan Walton

A two-time All-ODAC selection, Wooden is the Quakers' career leader in batting average (.436 in 115 games) and slugging percentage (.699). He set the Guilford standard with a .514 batting average in 2009 that led all NCAA divisions. Wooden stands fourth in Guilford history with 45 doubles and fifth with 20 home runs. He received Guilford's Male Athlete of the Year and the Nereus C. English Athletic Leadership awards in his senior year.

A junior from Mechanicsville, Va., Walton shattered the NCAA single season doubles record with 31 (the previous record was 27). He led the nation with 84 hits, which also broke the ODAC single season record (previously set at 77).  Walton drove in a conference best 57 runs and ranked second in the ODAC and 13thin the country with a .452 batting average. The Lee-Davis High School product finished the season with 131 total bases, which led the ODAC and placed him fourth in the nation.

At the 2011 ODAC Baseball Tournament, Walton helped lead the Yellow Jackets to their fourth ODAC title and a trip to the NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament.  Walton earned tournament Most Outstanding Player honors at the conference's postseason event.  In four games, he went 10-for-19 (.526) with six doubles, a triple and five RBI.  He also stole a base.

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