Colorado Mesa's Austin Kaiser Named 2014 Tino Martinez Award Winner
Having already been named winner of the Josh Willingham Award for DII baseball's most valuable player earlier in the day, it has been announced that Colorado Mesa outfielder Austin Kaiser has also been awarded the 2014 Jaeger Sports Tino Martinez Award presented by D2baseballnews.com and College Baseball Lineup . The honor goes to DII college baseball's most outstanding player. His amazing season was a part of an incredible run by the Colorado Mesa Mavericks who came within steps of capturing the DII title.
Kaiser beat out stiff competition from a number of worthy student athletes which included runner up Giancarlo Brugnoni of Grand Valley State and Patrick Grady of Lander and Phillip Wilson of Central Oklahoma who tied for third. Other finalists included Stephen Dezzi (Tampa), Joey Miller (Concord), Bradon Reitano (Mount Olive) and Tony Viger (Augustana).
Kaiser topped the NCAA with a .478 average average and 178 total bases. He hit 24 doubles, five triples and 11 home runs to compile a staggering .767 slugging percentage which placed him fourth in the nation. He also was successful in stealing 30 stolen bases in 34 attempts which was 21st in the nation.
The honor is one of many for the senior slugger who was also named a first team All-American by Daktronics and the NCBWA. He was awarded the South Central Region Player of the Year honor from the ABCA and the NCBWA. Additionally Kaiser was also a member of the 2014 Capital One Academic All-American DII Baseball Team as he had a 3.81 GPA in sports management.