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May 24, 2013

MSU's Martin named Division II's top pitcher

MANKATO — Minnesota State baseball pitcher Harvey Martin on Friday was named the Daktronics Ron Lenz National Pitcher of the Year, as well as a first-team Daktronics All-American.

The senior right-hander is the first MSU player to be named the top pitcher in NCAA Division II.

Martin also joins Jon Bjelland as the only Minnesota State baseball players to capture All-American accolades. Bjelland, a pitcher, was a first-team pick in 2007.

Also Friday, Maveircks sophomore catcher Nolan Johnson was selected as an All-American honorable mention pick, as well as a spot on the Rawlings/ABCA Central Region Gold Glove Team for the second straight season.

Martin, a Farmington, Mich., native, has started 11 games this season and owns a perfect 8-0 record. He ranks second on the team with 85 strikeouts while posting a 1.52 ERA and holding opposing hitters to a .198 batting average in 71.0 innings. He's allowed 12 earned runs and 52 hits while surrendering just seven walks, none in NSIC play. Martin, who was also named Daktronics Central Region Pitcher of the Year and Rawlings/ABCA Central Region Pitcher of the Year, is a finalist for this year's Tino Martinez Award as Division II's player of the year.

Johnson, a Bloomington, native, leads the Mavericks with a .363 batting average, including three home runs, three triples, 21 doubles, 34 runs, 36 RBIs and a pair of stolen bases. He also has a team-best .592 slugging percentage to go along with a .402 on-base percentage.

Minnesota State will opens the 2013 NCAA Division II Baseball Championship at 4 p.m. today against Midwest Region champion Grand Valley State at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

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