MONDAY, MARCH 01, 2010
Kaminski and Martinez give baseball a sweep in A-Sun weekly honors
Junior pitcher Chris Kaminski was named “Pitcher of the Week” while senior first baseman Alex Martinez earned “Player of the Week” to give the JU baseball team a sweep for the Atlantic Sun Conference weekly honors.

JU went 3-1 for the week, sweeping the A-Sun “Series of the Week” with a 10-8 win over Richmond, a 4-3 victory over No. 20 Oklahoma and a 23-14 win over Valparaiso during the JU Invitational.

Kaminski was selected to the A-Sun all-preseason team as a relief pitcher, but due to injuries, he has served several roles. After earning his first career start last weekend, Kaminski went back to what he does best - closing games. In two appearances last week, the JU closer notched a win over Richmond and then turned around the next night to earn his first save of the year against No. 20 Oklahoma.

Against the Spiders, Kaminski entered with the game tied (8-8) in the sixth inning to get the Dolphins out of a jam. He would go on to hurl 2.1 innings of scoreless relief while allowing only one hit with four strikeouts as the Dolphins scored two runs in the seventh to earn a 10-8 win. Against the Sooners, JU held a late lead and needed its best arm to return to the hill in consecutive nights. Kaminski did not disappoint as he threw 1.1 innings of scoreless relief with only one hit allowed.

“We have asked a lot of Chris over the past two weeks and he has been a rock for us,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “We really didn’t want to use him on the second night against Oklahoma but due to his competitive nature, we couldn’t keep him out. I’m looking forward to him returning to the closer role when our arms start to get healthy.”

For the week, Kaminski was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and one save in two appearances while notching five strikeouts and allowing only two hits and no walks in 3.2 innings.

Martinez was a big part of JU’s tremendous week as he batted .467 (7-15) with four doubles, a home run, seven RBI, 14 total bases, a .933 slugging percentage and a .529 on-base percentage in four games.

“Alex has really worked hard to be the player he has become today,” Alexander said. “He has been with the program for five years now and is looking to go out with a bang. This is a great start for him and I expect to see more great things as the season progresses.”

Against College of Charleston he went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Against Richmond, he went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI as JU won 10-8. Martinez went 1-for-3 with a run in a 4-3 win over the Sooners before ending the weekend by going 3-for-4 with a double, a home run while tying a career-high with four RBI. With his weekend, he is now riding a seven-game hitting streak.