MANCHESTER, N.H. – Two members of the Southern New Hampshire University baseball team's starting rotation, junior lefthander Tim Flight (Portsmouth. R.I.) and sophomore Junior Mendez (Patchogue, N.Y.) have been named to the watch list for the 2012 Tino Martinez Award. The award, named after former Major League Baseball All-Star Tino Martinez, is given annually to the NCAA Division II Player of the Year.
Martinez, who spent the bulk of his 16-year career with the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees, played collegiately at Division II Tampa, where he was a three-time All-American.
Flight (left) has made seven starts for the Penmen and owns a 5-0 record and 0.91 earned run average while striking out a team-best 60 batters in 49.1 innings of work. He was named the NCBWA Division II Pitcher of the Week for the week ending March 25 after fanning a career-high 18 batters in a complete-game, 1-0 shutout victory over Saint Anselm College. Flight had a 27.2 inning scoreles s streak snapped at Franklin Pierce last week, and he currently ranks fourth nationally in ERA.
Mendez (right) has made eight appearances (seven starts) for Southern New Hampshire and is 4-1 with a 0.69 ERA while also recording a save in a 3-2 win against nationally-ranked Lynn on March 7. He has struck out 39 batters in 52 innings of work and currently ranks second nationally in ERA. Mendez struck out a season-high eight batters in eight innings of a 4-1 win over Merrimack College on April 1.
Southern New Hampshire, which was ranked fourth in last week's NCBWA Division II poll, returns to action Wednesday night when it hosts Franklin Pierce University in a 6:00 Northeast-10 contest.