OMAHA, Neb. — A blistering 2013 season and fast start to the 2014 campaign have landed juniors Zade Denton and Jordan Edgerton on the initial watch list for the Jaeger Sports Tino Martinez Award which is given annually to the most outstanding player in NCAA Division II baseball.
The honor marks the second-straight year the Edgerton has appeared on the watch list, while Denton was tagged with the recognition for the first time in his career. Six different UNCP players have appeared on the watch list since the award’s inception during the 2010 season. Former all-American pitchers Braxton Lewis (2011-12) and Ethan Carter (2013) were eventually named finalists for the award.
Nominations for the award were made by baseball sports information contacts and media members. Omission from the initial list does not exclude additional players from future consideration. Semi-finalists will be announced on May 12 with the finalists named on May 26.
After the finalists are named fans will help determine the winner through an online vote and the winner will be announced after the conclusion of the DII Baseball Championship in May.
Edgerton is hitting .483 through 13 games and has 13 extra-base hits, 18 runs batted in and 17 runs scored. He was named the national hitter of the week earlier this season by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and earned Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week honors as well.
Denton, a Dallas native, has compiled a .315 batting average in 13 starts at shortstop, while also registering six doubles, 14 RBI and 12 runs scored. A PBC all-academic team honoree in 2013, Denton hit .339 with five home runs, 43 RBI and 42 runs scored.
Hickman nabs 2nd weekly PBC award
AUGUSTA, Ga. — On the heels of an 8-0 shutout win against No. 18 Montevallo on Saturday, University of North Carolina at Pembroke pitcher Garrett Hickman was named the Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second time.
Hickman, a transfer from Guilford Tech Community College, threw eight scoreless innings to clinch the series on Saturday night. He retired the first eight batters he faced and finished with six strikeouts, five walks and four hits allowed. He faced four or less batters in five different innings.
Hickman is 3-0 with a team-best 0.33 ERA this season with one complete game shutout as well as a combined shutout. He has allowed 20 hits and struck out 19 batters in 27 innings pitched.