Two Among Semifinalists For D-II Player of the Year Award

Matt McClain (Watertown 2012) of St. Mary's (Texas) is a semifinalist for the Tino Martinez Award. Photo courtesy St. Mary's' athletics/Antonio Morano photography

St. Mary’s (Texas) University sophomore Matt McClain (Watertown 2012) and Gannon University redshirt senior Shayne Herold (Newark 2011) have been announced as semifinalists for the 2013 Tino Martinez Award. The Tino Martinez Award is presented to the most outstanding player in NCAA Division II baseball. Overall, there were 41 players selected as semifinalists for the award. The semifinalists include at least five players from each one of eight NCAA Division II regions. The full list of semifinalists can be found here.

The finalists for the Tino Martinez Award are slated to be revealed on Monday, May 20. The finalists will be chosen by a panel of media, coaches and sports information directors. The winner of the 2013 Tino Martinez Award will be named after the conclusion of the NCAA Division II College World Series which will be contested in Cary, N.C., from May 25 through June 1.

Matt McClain (Watertown 2012) was one of five semifinalists selected from the South Central Region. McClain is a sophomore starting pitcher for the nationally-ranked Rattlers of St. Mary’s (Texas) University. He paced the Heartland Conference with 98 strikeouts during the regular season and tied for seventh nationally among Division II pitchers in overall strikeouts. McClain’s 98 strikeouts were 28 more than the next closest pitcher in the Heartland Conference. The San Antonio, Texas, native finished the regular season as St. Mary’s leader in earned run average (1.68), innings pitched (96.2), strikeouts and opponents’ batting average (.184). McClain made 14 starts and accrued an 8-3 record. He tossed two complete games and did not allow a home run in 96.2 innings pitched.

The St. Mary’s (Texas) sophomore won two Heartland Conference Pitcher of the Week prizes during the regular season and last week he was named first team All-Heartland Conference. McClain’s finest performance of the regular season came in his final start. He struck out 14 and overall retired 21 of 23 batters faced in seven shutout innings versus in-state foe McMurry. McClain twirled a one-hitter and allowed just two base runners on a single and a walk. Last spring, two of McClain’s former Watertown and St. Mary's (Texas) teammates – Jonathan Perez (Watertown 2012) and Rene Solis (Watertown 2012) were semifinalists for the 2012 Tino Martinez Award.

Shayne Herold (Newark 2011) was chosen as a semifinalist from the Atlantic Region. Herold is a starting pitcher and outfielder for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s Knights. Last week, he was selected as the PSAC’s West Division Pitcher of the Year. Herold topped all PSAC pitchers with a 1.09 earned run average during the regular season which was the fourth-lowest ERA nationally among all qualifying pitchers.  The redshirt senior also tied for first in the PSAC and 13th nationally in victories (nine). The LeRoy, N.Y., native went the distance in all six of his regular season starts and he pitched in 14 games overall. Herold went 9-0 with three saves and a 1.09 ERA. He struck out 53 and walked 15 in 57.2 innings pitched. The former Newark utility player was undefeated in conference play with six victories, four complete games and one save to go along with a 0.91 ERA in eight appearances.

Offensively, Herold boasted a .246 batting average through 40 regular season contests. He amassed 32 hits including 10 doubles, drove in 11 runs and scored 16. Herold finished second on the squad during the regular season in doubles and was just one of two players on the team with at least 10 RBI, 10 runs scored and 10 doubles.

The Ashland University transfer was the only PSAC player this season to capture both the West Division Pitcher and Player of the Week awards. Herold’s best pitching performances this spring came in victories over Wayne State and Lock Haven. Against Wayne State on Mar. 9 in Auburndale, Fla., Herold struck out a season-high nine and tossed a complete game one-hitter in a 3-2 Gannon victory. The lone Wayne State hit was a two-run home run in the first inning; Herold blanked the Warriors for the next six frames. Three weeks later at Lock Haven, Herold spun his second complete game one-hitter of the season. The redshirt senior was nearly perfect as he retired 21 of 24 Lock Haven batters. He allowed one hit, walked one, hit one and struck out eight in a 9-0 victory.

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