In addition to Tyler White being named SoCon Player of the Week, junior catcher Adam Martin was on the initial Johnny Bench Award Watch List this week (see full story below).
March 12, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Western Carolina infielder Tyler White has been named the Southern Conference Player of the Week for all games March 4-10. The selections are made by the league office.
The weekly award is the first in White's career, and the second for a Catamount this spring from the league office as he joined left-handed classmate Adam Curtis who was honored on February 25 following his midweek victory over Wake Forest. Right-handed starter Jeremy Null garnered national honors on February 18 after his career-best 13 strikeout game in the season-opening win over Pac-12 foe, Washington State.
White hit .524 with three home runs, two doubles and eight RBI in leading the Catamounts to a 3-1 week that included a win over SEC power Georgia and a series win over Davidson. The senior from Forest City, N.C., started all four games at third base for WCU, also seeing time at first where he was named a preseason All-SoCon selection. He had a 1.048 slugging percentage and added a .545 on-base percentage.
In a 12-7 win over Georgia on March 5, White hit a three-run home run to help the Catamounts to their second straight road win over the Bulldogs.
White went on to hit .625 against Davidson over the weekend, recording at least three hits in each game as the Catamounts took two of the three contests, winning their SoCon opener for the first time since 2009. White was just a triple shy of the cycle in Friday's 9-4 win over the Wildcats, driving in three. The following day, White was 4-for-5 with a double in 7-5 loss to the Wildcats. In Sunday's rubber game, White went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, an intentional walk and a stolen base as WCU won 5-2.
White enters the week ranked ninth in the SoCon with a WCU-leading .373 batting average (25-of-67) with 10 of his 25 hits going for extra bases. His .701 collective slugging percentage is fifth in the conference while his team-leading six home runs are second, just behind Samford's Phillip Ervin (7).
Western Carolina (9-7, 2-1 SoCon) is back in action Wednesday when it hosts Eastern Kentucky at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium at 5:00 pm. WCU played the Colonels twice two seasons ago, splitting the two-game set in Richmond, Ky. All told, the Catamounts have won six of the last seven meetings with EKU held in Cullowhee.
WCU returns to league action with a three-game SoCon series at the College of Charleston this Friday through Sunday at Patriot's Point in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Catamount Catcher Adam Martin Named to Johnny Bench Award Watch List
Also this week, Western Carolina junior catcher Adam Martin was included on the initial watch list for the 2013 Johnny Bench Award, presented by BaseballSavings.com and the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission.
Martin was one of 48 catchers nominated with the list to be updated through May 6 before being whittled down to the semifinalists. He is one of two catchers from the Southern Conference on the list, joining Elon's Alex Swim on the first candidacy listing.
The watch list will be narrowed down to the semifinalists, whom will be announced May 16, 2013. Ballots will be sent to the national voting panel at the end of May for a vote to determine the three finalists. The finalists will be announced June 4, 2013. A final vote among the national committee will occur during the College World Series. All finalists will be brought to Wichita, Kansas, and the winner will be announced at the 15th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 27, 2013.
Martin has started all six games in which he has seen action this year, collecting four base hits including a double and a RBI. Behind the plate he's committed just one error with 48 putouts and six assists to date. Last season, the Marietta, Ga., native hit .281 with 18 extra base hits including nine doubles, two triples and seven home runs. He drove in 33 runs in 2012, second among the returning players this season.