Friday, March 7, 2014

Martin on Johnny Bench Award Watch List

Senior catcher Adam Martin is listed on the initial watch list for the 2014 Johnny Bench Award presented by and the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission. It is the second-consecutive season Martin has been selected for the watch list.

The Johnny Bench Award is awarded to the top NCAA Division I collegiate catcher.  Martin is one of 72 college catchers on the initial watch list and one of only two from the Southern Conference. Martin is joined by Georgia Southern junior Chase Griffin.

Martin currently leads the Cats with a .395 batting average and paces WCU with two home runs among his team-high tying 15 base hits. He enters this weekend's tournament on a three-game hitting streak with a trio of multi-hit games, recording nine hits combined with nine RBI. Martin matched his career-high with four base hits in WCU's home win over No. 15 Clemson.

Martin is a career .294 hitter with 148 career base hits including 29 doubles, three triples and 22 career home runs. Including a dozen RBI this season, the Marietta, Ga., native has driven in 105 career runs. The right-handed slugger was won two summer league home run derbies including the long-ball competition at the Northwoods League All-Star game. Martin was dubbed the top prospect out of the Northwoods League last summer.

Courtesy WCU Athletics Media Relations