Martini Earns All-America Status

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State sophomore outfielder Nick Martini was named a Louisville Slugger All-American, Collegiate Baseball announced Thursday.

Martini, the Big 12 co-Player of the Year, earned his second All-America designation after being named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball last season.

The Crystal Lake, Ill., product was named to the third-team by the publication after hitting a Big 12-best .416 with 16 doubles, four triples, three homers and 53 RBI. His 91 hits through 56 games this season are tied for the second-most in K-State history. Martini needs six hits to tie Heath Schesser's school record of 97 set in 1997.

Martini, who tied for eighth in Big 12 history with a .433 conference-only batting average, also holds the Big 12's top overall on-base percentage at .507, which currently ranks third in K-State history.

Martini is the second-straight Wildcat to earn All-American status from Collegiate Baseball and the third in four years after A.J. Morris (first-team) and Daniel Edwards (third-team) were honored following the 2009 and 2007 seasons, respectively.

Third-seeded Kansas State opens play at the 2010 NCAA Fayetteville Regional Friday night against No. 2-seed Washington State. First pitch from Baum Stadium is set for 7:05 p.m., and can be heard throughout the state of Kansas on the K-State Sports Network.