Martinez Earns Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Honors

    Jeremy Martinez

    June 4, 2014

    LOS ANGELES - USC freshman designated hitter Jeremy Martinez was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball, it was announced today.

    Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) finished the season batting .297, the third-highest average on the team. He finished second on the team with 29 RBIs and appeared in all but one of the Trojans' contests this season, making 50 starts, mostly at designated hitter with the rest of his appearance behind the plate. He finished with an on-base percentage of .380 and a slugging percentage of .368.

    His one home run of the season came in a loss at UC Irvine on March 4. He had a hit in 36 of 52 games, with 13 multi-hit outings. His longest hitting streak of the season was eight games, from April 5 - April 18. He had an RBI in 23 different games and tallied a career-high three RBI in a 3-for-6 day at Arizona State on April 5. The freshman's career-high in hits came on April 18 when he went 4-for-6 in a victory. The freshman showed impressive discipline at the plate, only striking out 14 times in 185 at-bats. He had a streak of 17 games, from March 8 - April 6 where he didn't strike out. He only struck out four times in 29 Pac-12 games played.

    Martinez becomes the 14th Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American in USC history and the first since pitcher Stephen Tarpley won the honor in 2012. He is also only the second Trojan designated hitter all-time to win the honor since Joey Metropoulos earned the honor in 2002.

    Martinez was one of six Pac-12 freshmen to be named Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-Americans.