Bearcat of the Week: Greg Martin

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The past two seasons have been frustrating for Saint Vincent College’s men’s baseball team. Following a Presidents’ Athletic Conference tournament run in 2013, the Bearcats have missed qualifying for the PAC championship two years running. This spring, SVC looks to change that and make a run for the PAC championship. So far, the Bearcats hold a commanding 13-12 record with a competitive 6-6 record in conference play. Leading the way is sophomore closer Greg Martin. The lefty has played a pivotal role in Saint Vincent’s play this spring, earning him The Review’s Bearcat of the Week honor.

Following a successful high school campaign which led to him acquiring two consecutive all section honors at Hempfield Area High School, Martin wanted to continue playing the game he enjoyed, but at a higher level.

“I chose to come to Saint Vincent so I could get an exceptional education while continuing to play the game that I love,” said Martin. “Saint Vincent’s business school is one of the best in the area and I felt at home immediately after I set foot on campus.”

Martin flourished as a freshman, appearing in 25 games with 22 starts for the Bearcats. Martin batted .277 with six doubles, 11 runs scored and 11 runs batted in. Martin boasted a .415 on base percentage with 14 walks, while appearing in 12 games on the mound making six starts.

Although Martin did not play in 2015, the lefty has emerged as one of the Bearcat’s top batters and Saint Vincent’s go-to closer. This season, Martin holds a 2-1 record on the mound with a team-leading six saves. At the plate, Martin leads the team with a .371 batting average, registering 23 hits, seven doubles, one homerun and 13 runs batted in.

After SVC fell in their season opener to Augustana, the Bearcats bounced back behind strong relief play from Martin to defeat Franklin College 7-5. Martin struck out 6 in 3 scoreless innings of relief in the contest. Martin continued to pitch well on the mound, helping the Bearcats defeat Beloit College by a score of 3-1. Martin got the final six outs of the contest, all via strikeouts, ultimately earning him another save. While visiting the Newport News Apprentice School in Virginia, Martin went 5-5, throwing two scoreless innings on the mound to earn him his third save of the season as the Bearcats won 9-6. Martin continued to provide strong relief on the mound, earning two saves and a victory in the Bearcat’s PAC sweep of the Westminster Titans, ultimately earning Martin PAC Pitcher of the Week honors.

Although Martin has had immense individual achievement this season, his goals still remain team oriented. “My goal for this season is to help our team make the playoffs and win a conference championship,” Martin said. “I personally want to convert every save opportunity that I am put into on the mound to help my team succeed.”

Martin praised his team’s play so far this season but he also said he realizes they have a long way to go. “I think we have done well this season,” said Martin. “We have stumbled lately but I know we will bounce back and make the playoffs. I believe we are going to turn it on and go on a winning streak in this conference.”

The Bearcats have an extremely busy April. They play at PAC rival Geneva College on April 15 before hosting the Golden Tornadoes the very next day. On April 19, SVC will make the trek to Thomas More College for a conference matchup followed by another away game at Washington and Jefferson College on April 23. The Bearcats host three consecutive PAC games before ending their season by hosting Pitt-Greensburg.

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