Daywalt among Early Nominees For Tino Martinez Award

Daywalt among Early Nominees  For Tino Martinez Award

Courtesy of Greg Gornick, Chestnut Hill SID

Omaha, NE – Senior second baseman Jesse Daywalt (Phoenixville, PA) was listed with 130 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II student-athletes as a player to watch for the Tino Martinez Award, which is awarded annually by to the most outstanding player in NCAA DII college baseball. Daywalt is the second Chestnut Hill College baseball player to be mentioned on the Tino Martinez Award Watch List; Dan Etherton was a member of the 2011 list.

After recently receiving a 2012 Preseason National Collegiate Baseball Writers’ Association (NCBWA) All-East Region Second Team selection, Daywalt collects his second preseason honor with his inclusion on the Tino Martinez Award Watch List. Daywalt garnered all-region status from the NCBWA and Daktronics Inc. last spring, after earning an All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) First Team selection for leading Chestnut Hill College (16-22, 10-10) to their second consecutive CACC Championship Tournament. He was named the baseball team’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, after starting all 38 games at second base while providing the Griffins with a .333 (46-for-138) batting average, 17 runs-batted-in (RBI), and ten stolen bases (10-for-15, 66.7%) from the number two spot in the lineup. Daywalt was a one-time CACC Player of the Week (4/4) and a one-time honorable mention (3/14) for the award while ranking 26th nationally (NCAA DII, 5/8) for Toughest Player to Strikeout (16.8 AB/K). He also ranked among the top three in the nation in sacrifice bunts (.35/game). Daywalt was an All-CACC Honorable Mention as a sophomore.
The Tino Martinez Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in DII college baseball. The honor is named after the former University of Tampa Spartan, Olympian, and Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star, Tino Martinez. Nominations for the award were made by baseball sports information contacts and media members. Omission from the initial list does not exclude additional players from future consideration. The list will be updated with a mid-season release mid April. Semi-finalists are scheduled to be announced on May 7th with the finalists to be named on May 21st. After the finalists are named fans will be once again be invited to vote online at to help determine the winner. The winner will be announced after the conclusion of the DII Baseball Championship held in Cary, NC from May 26th to June 2nd.