Tino Award Watch Spotlight: Ouachita Baptist’s Davis Ward

It’s easy to highlight the pitching of Davis Ward because no words are necessary; the numbers say it all. The ace of Ouachita Baptist has been like the Riddler this season, baffling batsmen all season long. In his six appearances this season, Ward has toed the rubber against nationally ranked teams four times – each of them were wins for the Tigers and three of the games were shutouts. He is a perfect 5-0 and his 1.59 ERA is so dainty it should only be enjoyed with a fine glass of sherry. Despite facing some of the toughest lineups in DII baseball, he’s struck out 42 batters while only allowing 37 hits (for a .213 batting average) while issuing just six measly walks in 45.1 near masterful innings. Continue reading

Tino Award Watch Spotlight: Montevallo’s Jackson Slaid

If you’ve seen one of the “Faces of Meth” posters which demonstrate the effects of methamphetamine on its users, then you have a good idea of what baseball look like after Montevallo’s Jackson Slaid has taken batting practice. The Falcons’ senior catcher has been absolutely blistering baseball this season, crushing eight pitches for homeruns in the first month of the season. Continue reading

Semifinalists for the 2013 Tino Martinez Award Announced

tinoawardThe semifinalists for the 2013 Tino Martinez Award have been announced. The award is presented to the most outstanding player in DII college baseball. The annual honor is named after the former University of Tampa Spartan, United States Olympian, first round draft pick and MLB All-Star, Tino Martinez.

There are forty-one semifinalists with five players from each of the eight DII regions. In year’s past there were at least six players from each region; however the process has been modified slightly and this year each school has been limited to a single player advancing to the semifinal round. Continue reading

Sixty Student Athletes Added to Tino Martinez Award Watch List

University of Tampa great Tino Martinez

University of Tampa great Tino Martinez

Based on their outstanding play this season sixty players have been added to the 2013 Tino Martinez Award Watch List. The award is presented to the most outstanding player in DII college baseball. The annual honor is named after the former University of Tampa Spartan, United States Olympian, first round draft pick, MLB All-Star and newly named member of the College Baseball Hall of Fame, Tino Martinez. Semifinalists are scheduled to be announced on
May 6th, 2013.

Initial nominations for the award were made by baseball sports information contacts, coaches and media members. A panel of media, coaches and sports information officers was polled to finalize the candidates and determine the winner. A fan Internet vote also contributes to the final vote. Continue reading

2013 College Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Two of the most respected college coaches in history join five outstanding players with a good deal of Major League Baseball experience in the 2013 class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

“This class brings a different flavor to the induction process because it features our first Division III coach, perhaps the greatest Division II player ever and three players from the 1950s, ‘60s and early ‘70s, which is a time period that has been a bit underrepresented in past inductions,” said Mike Gustafson, executive director of the College Baseball Hall of Fame. “We are excited to welcome them to the Hall of Fame.” Continue reading

Tino Martinez Award Watch List Named

OMAHA, Ne – The initial watch list for the fourth annual Tino Martinez DII Player of the Year Award, has been named. The list includes 152 top amateur athletes from across the nation.

University of Tampa great Tino Martinez

University of Tampa great Tino Martinez

The award is presented to the most outstanding player in DII college baseball. The annual honor is named after the former University of Tampa Spartan, United States Olympian, first round draft pick and MLB All-Star, Tino Martinez.

A pair of pitchers, Rene Solis of St. Mary’s (TX) and Ryan Thompson of Franklin Pierce headline the list. Solis was a finalist last season after leading the Rattlers to the DII Championships in Cary, NC. Thompson was one of eight finalists from 2011 when the Ravens were a game away from being one of the final eight teams remaining. Dozens of other Preseason All American candidates, All Conference performers and MLB prospects comprise the rest of the list. Continue reading