April 5, 2010

Katherine Martin Named PBC Freshman of the Week

DAHLONEGA, GA – Katherine Martin has been named the Peach Belt Conference freshman of the week announced this afternoon from the league office, making her the first North Georgia player to win the weekly award this season.

The freshman was honored earlier in the day as the Moe’s Southwest Grill North Georgia Athlete of the Week and as how taken it a step farther, being named the PBC Freshman of the Week after continuing to swing her hot bat last week as Martin hit .455 with five runs batted, including a grad slam in the final game of the week.

In North Georgia's biggest series of the year at 6th-ranked Alabama-Huntsville, Martin came up with her biggest game of the year in the opener, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored as the Atlanta, Ga., native led the Saints to a doubleheader sweep of the Chargers. In game two of the pivotal series, Martin was one-for-three with a run scored and a run batted in, while also receiving a free pass.

She had a single hit in the doubleheader finale against Mars Hill, but the freshman made it count, breaking a 1-1 tie in the third inning with her first career grand slam and second career home run to propel North Georgia to their 35th consecutive victory, tying the program's all-time mark for consecutive victories.

Martin is currently hitting .353 on the season with nine doubles, 15 runs batted in, and 24 runs scored, while continuing to flash the leather at first base with a .991 fielding percentage in 33 games played.

The Saints’ magic number to claim their second straight Peach Belt Conference regular season championship is now just two, giving North Georgia the chance to clinch the title against Columbus State University on Tuesday afternoon with a doubleheader sweep.