QUINCY — Quincy University pitcher Spencer Walker was named a member of the NCAA Division II Gold Glove team by the American Baseball Coaches Association on Wednesday, June 22.
Walker started in 15 games, compiling a 10-1 record with a 3.32 ERA. He struck out 85 hitters in 100 1/3 innings pitched. While fielding his position, he made no errors on 28 attempts. The Mapleton, Ill., native also did a good job holding runners close at first base. Four out of 12 potential base stealers when he was on the mound were thrown out by QU catchers.
The ABCA/Rawlings All-America teams date back to 1949 starting with one collegiate All-America Team. Other divisions were subsequently added until the current total of nine was reached. The first ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove teams were recognized in 2007, making this the 15th year the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards have been presented in the collegiate and high school ranks. No awards were presented in 2020 due to COVID-19.
“He’s a guy who takes pride in everything he does, especially PFPs (pitcher fielding practice),” Hawks coach Matt Schissel said in a press release. “Usually Thursdays are bunt/PFP day for team defense, and Spencer is the guy who sets the tone. He’s upbeat and flying around the infield, and it shows up in games. I think PFP days are his favorite day of the week without a doubt. This is a huge accomplishment for Spencer, and I know he’s very excited about it.”
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