Walton Named an All-American by ABCA

Walton Named an All-American by ABCA

Six ODAC Players Tabbed to All-South Region Squads

FOREST, Va. --- Randolph-Macon College junior first baseman Jordan Walton (pictured) heads a list of six ODAC award winners from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABC).  Walton was tabbed a First Team All-American, and earned a spot on the All-South Region First Team.  Five other ODAC players were named to the All-South Second and Third Teams.

Walton adds these two awards to several previous honors including Second Team All-ODAC, the MVP of the 2011 ODAC Baseball Tournament, and D3baseball.com Second Team All-American.  Walton shattered the NCAA single season doubles record with 31, eclipsing the previous record of 27. He led the nation with 84 hits, which also broke the ODAC single-season record.  The previous league mark was 77 hits.

In helping the Yellow Jackets to their fourth ODAC title, Walton drove in a conference-best 57 runs and ranked second in the ODAC and 13th in the country with a .452 batting average. The Mechanicsville-native finished the season with 131 total bases, which led the ODAC and placed him fourth in the nation.

Three ODAC standouts earned a spot on the All-South Region Second Team.  Guilford College first baseman Kyle Wooden (.467, 17 2B, 2 HR, 29 RBI), the 2011 ODAC Player of the Year, pairs this honor with the Second Team All-American nod he received from D3baseball.com.  Virginia Wesleyan College catcher Jacob Pierce (.379, 18 2B, 6 HR, 25 RBI) and 2011 ODAC Pitcher of the Year, Gregg Laswell (4-1, 2.01 ERA, 67.0 IP, 70 K, 12 BB) from Washington and Lee University, picked up their first non-league postseason awards.

Two more conference student-athletes were voted to the All-South Region Third Team.  Bridgewater College third baseman Jay Thompson (.342, 9 2B, 2 HR, 16 RBI) and Lynchburg College righthander Matt Morgan (5-1, 2.07 ERA, 69.2 IP, 43 K, 19 BB) complete the ODAC's ABCA contingent.

To look at the full lists of both the ABCA All-American and All-South Region teams, click on the links below.

2011 ABCA All-Americans
2011 ABCA All-South Region Teams