Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
PHILADELPHIA (6/04/03) - Saint Joseph's University baseball standout Mike Walls (Hockessein, Del./Salesianum) has been selected by the Houston Astros in the 33rd round of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft. He is the 26th former Hawk player to be picked by a professional team, the third in the last four years. He is the first SJU player to be drafted since Chris Heck by the Florida Marlins in 1998. Follow Walls' season with the Tri-City Valley Cats by clicking here: A first team All-Atlantic 10 selection at third base, Walls led the Hawks with a .340 batting average and topped the team in triples. He ranked second in doubles and RBI, while placing third in home runs. He also served as the team's closer, recording three saves. His .356 career average is the fifth highest in program history. The 2003 Hawks finished with a 17-31 record overall, 10-14 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The team faced one of the East's most demanding schedules, which included NCAA Tournament qualifiers Bethune Cookman, Florida State, Tulane and Virginia Commonwealth.