Local freshman helps propel ODU to NCAA

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY)- Freshman are supposed to struggle with the transition from high school to college baseball, but not Old Dominion University outfielder Nick Walker. Well maybe just a little at first. “The fall not so much at first but with hitting every day and getting the right mentality, it’s coming around pretty good,” says Walker.

To say Walker picked it up is an understatement. The Kellam high school graduate leads the Monarchs in hitting at .329 with four homers, 24 RBI and a team best 42 runs scored. He had a 23 game hitting streak and even stole 14 bases. It’s no wonder he was named First Team All-Conference USA. “Its awesome. I was not expecting anything like that. I was just hoping to help my teammates win games,” said Walker.

Old Dominion baseball coach Chris Finwood has been coaching college baseball for 26 years and has never had a freshman named first team all-conference. “Nick Walker has had an amazing freshman year. Being named all-conference as an outfielder, a position he hardly ever played before he got to college is kind of amazing. It says a lot about what he did, because he didn’t play the first two conference series of the season against Rice and UAB. He really started playing the next conference series when we went to Louisiana Tech. Just last weekend in a single game he started in right. He then went to second, then to center and back to second all in consecutive innings,” said ODU Head coach Chris Finwood.

Walker plays outfield, second base and hits leadoff for the Monarchs. This super freshman would like nothing more than to lead his teammates deep into the NCAA Tournament. “When we have confidence in ourselves we can stand up to anyone in America,” added Walker.



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