Dykota Spiess broke a 6-6 tie with a three-run home run to lead the Catamounts to a 9-7 win over No. 24 Appalachian State to claim the series.
Note: Was drafted in the 10th round (291st overall pick) by the Seattle Mariners in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft ... Began his professional career in the minor leagues with the Class A short season Everett (Wash.) AquaSox of the Northwest League.
Career Notes: Hit his 34th career home run in the SoCon Tournament, finishing his WCU career ranked tied for 12th in program history, matching Mike Tidick (34, 1990-94) ... Finished 16th in program history with 158 career RBI ... Was hit by a pitch 32 times over four years, finishing in a tie for 11th with three others ... Recorded 195 career base hits including 36 career doubles and four triples.
2014 (Senior): Played in 54 of the team's 55 games on the season, making 53 starts including 33 at catcher, 15 in right field, three in left field and once apiece as the designated hitter at third base ... Missed the meeting with Buffalo (March 8) in Athens, Ga., after being hit in the batting helmet by a pitch against North Florida (March 7) ... Finished the year with a .307 batting average, collecting 62 hits in 202 at bats ... Finished tied with the team-high of 14 homers, matching for the SoCon lead ... Drove in a career-best - and SoCon-leading - 65 RBI this season ... Had two sizeable hitting streaks on the year including a career-long tying 11-game streak from March 12 through March 30, and an eight-game streak (April 11-23) ... Earned Southern Conference Player of the Month accolades in March, batting .415 in 17 games with 35 RBI and scoring 20 runs - more than half of his 27 hits in the month went for extra bases including eight homers, five doubles and a triple ... Picked up SoCon Player of the Week accolades (March 10-16), hitting .421 (8-for-19) on the week including a 7-for-12 (.583) mark in sweeping defending Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) regular season champion, Rider ... Collected a career-high eight RBI against the Broncs (March 15)... Matched a career-best with four hits against Clemson (March 4) ... Sparked a come-from-behind victory in the regular season finale series that clinched the championship, belting a grand slam home run in game one against Davidson (May 15) ... Named first team All-Southern Conference at catcher by both the league's head coaches and voting media ... Tabbed first team ABCA All-Atlantic Region ... Named first team All-State by the North Carolina Sports Information Association ... Was a preseason All-SoCon selection.
2013 (Junior): Played in 42 games making 39 starts including 30 behind the plate, one apiece as the designated hitter and at first base and seven in the outfield including four in left and three in right ... Missed four games after suffering a broken finger during practice prior to The Citadel (March 29-30) series ... Saw action in the outfield while nursing the ailment before returning at catcher against Clemson (April 9) ... Named second team All-Southern Conference at catcher ... Was additionally named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List by Collegiate Baseball ... Finished the season batting .286 collectively (40-of-140) with 18 extra base hits including 10 doubles and eight home runs for a .529 slugging percentage ... Six of his eight home runs came in the final month of the season ... Drove in 36 runs, nearly averaging a RBI per game played ... 20 of his 36 RBI came in SoCon play ... Recorded nine multiple hit games and 11 multiple RBI outings ... Led the team with 24 two-out RBI, hitting . 304 (17-of-56) with two outs ... Batted .369 in SoCon play (24-of-65) with seven doubles and five home runs ... Named SoCon Player of the Week on April 22 after batting .727 (8-for-11) with five extra base hits, four walks, seven RBI and five runs scored against Gardner-Webb (April 17) and the sweep over Georgia Southern (April 19-21) .. Named CollegeBaseballInsider.com Louisville Slugger Southeast Region Player of the Week on April 24 ... Blasted a grand slam home run at Appalachian State (May 18) ... Keyed WCU's series sweep over Wofford (May 10-12) that claimed the regular season title by slowing the Terriers' lethal base running prowess - which entered the series leading Division I baseball - by throwing out six would-be base stealers, twice recording double plays with a strike-out, throw-out ... Was a part of three double plays on the year and recorded 36 fielding assists ... Only committed three errors behind the dish all season with a .990 fielding percentage with four passed balls ... Threw out 13 of 41 would-be base stealers including six-straight in the Wofford series; Summer League: Returned to play summer league baseball with the St. Cloud (Minn.) Rox of the Northwoods League ... Played a variety of positions including catcher, first base and outfield ... Finished the summer batting .315 (84-of-267) with 29 extra base hits including 18 doubles, a triple and 10 home runs ... Recorded 25 multi-hit games during the summer ... Was named to the Northwoods League Postseason All-Star team as a catcher ... Named to the Mid-Season All-Star game, as well as to the Big League Dreams Showcase, hitting three-run home run in the latter to lead his squad to victory ... Claimed the Northwoods League Home Run Derby, finishing with 25 homers in the three-round event including 12 in the final round alone ... Nearly hit for the cycle, coming just a single-shy against Mankato on June 18 ... Collected a summer-high four hits (4-for-6) with three runs scored in a 24-12 win over Thunder Bay (Ontario) on June 13 ... Was listed as the No. 1 prospect coming out of the Northwoods League after a solid summer where he hit .315 with 18 doubles, a triple and 10 home runs.
2012 (Sophomore): Saw action in all 56 games, making 53 appearances in the starting lineup ... Was behind the plate for 41 starts during the season while also starting six times in left field, four times as the designated hitter and twice at first base ... Finished the year batting .281 with 54 hits including nine doubles, two triples and seven home runs, second on the squad ... Batted .296 when starting as the catcher, and was .311 on the season with runners aboard ... Tallied 11 two-out RBI ... Had a season-long, eight-game hitting streak with a stretch of reaching base safely in 11-consecutive games ... Drove in 33 runs with nine multiple RBI games, third on the team ... Only committed three errors behind the plate all season, boasting a fielding percentage of .991 with just three passed balls ... Was also a threat behind the dish, throwing out 16 of the 44 would-be base stealers (.363) ... Doubled twice in the second game of a season-opening doubleheader against Fordham (February 17) ... Collected a career-high four hits including a home run in game three against Furman (April 15); Summer League: Played for the St. Cloud Rox in St. Cloud, Minn., in the Northwoods League during the summer of 2012 ... Finished the summer hitting .258 with eight extra base hits including six doubles and two home runs as a part of a .358 slugging percentage ... Drove in 13 runs with one stolen base.
2011 (Freshman): Played in 40 games as a true freshman making 35 starts including 27 games as the catcher, six as the designated hitter and twice at first base ... Missed nearly two weeks at the end of the regular season due to a high ankle sprain, returning for the Southern Conference tournament ... Finished the year with a .291 batting average, driving in 24 runs ... Of his 39 base hits, 13 were for extra bases with seven doubles and five homeruns ... Threw out 11 would-be base stealers to rank tied for eighth in the SoCon ... Picked up his first collegiate base hit in his second career game - first career start - belting a seventh-inning home run against Morehead State (February 19) ... Tied for the team's second-longest hitting streak with a career-best 11-game hitting streak ... Collected a career-best three hits in a 3-for-5 outing against Samford (April 10) ... Doubled twice in the first game of a twin bill at Davidson (March 27), driving in four runs ... Blasted his first career grand slam homerun, amassing a career-high tying four RBI against San Diego State (April 30) ... Played in the wooden bat summer league in Alaska for the Matsu Miners ... Claimed the summer league's home run derby title.
Prior to Western Carolina: Was a part of the Harrison HS State Championship team as a senior, earning first team All-County honors ... Named second team Southeast All-Region by Perfect Game USA ... Hit .378 as a junior with seven doubles and three home runs with 26 RBI for Harrison HS ... Was the 40th ranked baseball recruit in the state of Georgia and ranked 446th overall in the entire nation by PGCrosschecker ... Was named to the 2008 PG Crosschecker Southeast Top Prospect team and the 2008 PG National Underclass Top Prospect Team ... Played summer baseball with the East Cobb Astros.
Personal: Full name is Adam B. Martin ... Is the son of Gary and Joann Martin ... Has a younger sister, Allison ... His father played football at Georgia Tech.
Career Game Highs: At Bats: 6, six times (MR: APPALACHIAN STATE, 5/3/14) Hits: 4, three times (MR: CLEMSON, 3/4/14) Runs: 4, RIDER, Gm1 (3/15/14) Doubles: 2, three times (MR: GEORGIA SOUTHERN, 4/21/13) Triples: 1, four times (MR: RIDER, 3/14/14) Home Runs: 2, twice (WOFFORD, 3/29/14) RBI: 8, RIDER, Gm1 (3/15/14) HBP: 2, twice (MR: at Appalachian State, 5/18/13) Stolen Bases: 2, FURMAN (4/12/14) Hitting Streak: 11 games twice (MR: 3/12/14 - 3/30/14)