WALLA WALLA, Wash. - Adam Knappe, a senior infielder on the Whitman College baseball team, has received All-Northwest Conference honors.
Knappe, who earned honorable mention recognition, hit .271 at the plate this spring while making the transition from shortstop to second base, where he helped turn 24 doubleplays. He also led the team in sacrifice bunts, as he did a year ago when he topped the Northwest Conference with 10.
"Adam has been one of our most consistent hitters and defensive players this season," Whitman coach Casey Powell said. "He made tremendous strides in his four seasons and became a good team leader on the field."
Knappe also shared in a baseball moment to remember this spring when Whitman turned its second triple play in five years. With runners on first and second in the bottom of the fifth inning in a game against Pacific Lutheran, Knappe charged in from his second base position to catch a soft liner at his shoe tops. He flipped to Austin Shackelford, doubling a runner off second base, who then tossed to Matt Morris-Rosenfeld at first base to double off a second runner.
Knappe, a three-year starter, collected 93 hits in those seasons while starting 105 of 106 games. He tied for the team lead in total hits as a sophomore and led Whitman in batting average as a senior.
A graduate of Bainbridge High School in Bainbridge Island, Wash., Knappe is majoring in biology and plans to pursue medical school studies after graduating from Whitman later this month. With a cumulative grade point average (GPA) above 3.9 on a 4.0 scale, Knapp was recently recognized for having the second highest GPA among all varsity athletes at Whitman.