All-NESCAC Baseball Announced - Walker Is Player Of The Year

May 16, 2007

Middlebury College baseball player Noah Walker (Oakland, California) has been named the NESCAC Baseball Player of the Year. The senior also earned a spot on the first-team, while juniors Jack Britton (Carmel, Calif.) and Nick Lefeber (Branford, Conn.) earned second-team honors.

Walker had another impressive season for the Panthers at the plate, leading the team and finishing second in the NESCAC with a .434 average. He also paced the team in runs (37), hits (43), doubles (9), triples (3), walks (28) and stolen bases (10). The senior drove in 23 runs this season, while being a very steady fielder at shortstop.

Walker ended his career at the top of most every offense category at Middlebury, despite playing just three years. His .397 career batting average and 135 hits are second all-time, while he scored more runs (101) than any other player in school history. Walker finished third with 93 RBI and 340 at-bats, while he is tied for the all-time lead for the most doubles (32), triples (8) and walks (61). He also holds single-season records for walks (28) and assists (117).

Britton earns all-conference honors for the second year, earning a sport on the second-team after another impressive season on the mound. The junior righty was one of four pitchers to go 4-1 this season, with 10 appearances. He started seven games and completed three, tossing one shutout. Britton boasted a 2.47 ERA, while allowing just 11 earned runs in 40 innings of work this season. He also paced the team with 39 strikeouts.

Britton holds single-season records at Middlebury for most innings pitched (69) and ERA (1.83), both in '06. He is knocking on the door of several career pitching records, with one season yet to play.

Lefeber earned second-team All-NESCAC honors for the second straight season. He appeared in all 30 games this season and was a mainstay behind the plate. The junior hit an impressive .364 this season and was third on the squad with 40 hits. His 32 runs scored were second only to Walker, while he hit five doubles and drove in 20 runs in '07. Lefeber threw out seven runners this season, while leading the team with a .994 fielding percentage behind the plate. He holds single-season school records for most hits (60 in '06) and runs (44 in '06).