June 16, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. -- Gonzaga University senior pitcher Cody Martin has been named to the Baseball America All-American First Team, as voted by the staff of Baseball America after the regional round of the NCAA Baseball Championships Wednesday.
Martin becomes the first Bulldog to receive first team All-America accolades since Nate Gold was selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper in 2002.
As one of six pitchers to be selected first team, Martin is the only one listed as a reliever. The Bulldogs closer made 25 appearances and in 52 1/3 innings pitched, he allowed five earned runs to post a 0.86 earned-run average, which is still the lowest in the country as the NCAA College World Series begins this weekend. Martin also recorded 12 saves to break Gonzaga's single-season record of nine, which the native of Dos Palos, Calif., set as a freshman.
An All-West Coast Conference selection, Martin was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the seventh round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft held last week.
For the second straight year, 17 conferences are represented on the three All-America teams, plus the independent ranks. Eight conferences landed multiple players on the teams, led by the Southeastern Conference with nine, including three first-teamers. The Atlantic Coast Conference produced the most first-teamers (four), and the second-most All-Americans overall (six). The Big 12 was third with four All-Americans, followed by the Pac-10, Southern, Atlantic Sun and Western Athletic conferences with three apiece.
Vanderbilt University led all schools with four All-Americans--all of them on the second team. Fellow SEC co-champion and College World Series participant South Carolina was next with three players on the three teams. The CWS field features a total of 13 All-Americans, including five members of the first team.
More freshmen and seniors made the All-America team in 2011 than a year ago. First-teamer Colin Moran of North Carolina leads a trio of freshmen (up from two in 2010), and fellow first-teamer Martin headlines a contingent of four seniors (up from one in 2010). Juniors, as usual, made up the bulk of the teams, producing 32 All-Americans, including 11 members of the first team.