GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- Senior outfielder Austin Kaiser keeps reeling in the post season honors. Today, he picked up two of the biggest awards this season in the Tino Martinez Award presented by Jaeger Sports and the Josh Willingham Award.
The Tino Martinez Award is awarded to the NCAA Division II Player of the Year. The award is presented to the most outstanding player in DII college baseball. The annual honor is named after the former University of Tampa Spartan, United States Olympian, first round draft pick and MLB All-Star.
The Josh Willingham Award is given to the Most Valuable Player in the NCAA Tournament who leads his team both on the field and off the field.
While playing baseball at the University of North Alabama, Willingham was a two-time All American and tied or broke fourteen school single-game, season, and career records. After his junior season, Willingham was selected by the Florida Marlins in the 17th round of the Major League Baseball Draft. He is currently in the midst of his 11th season in the Major Leagues and is an outfielder for the Minnesota Twins.
Kaiser finished the season with a .478 batting average, 111 hits, and 178 total bases. All led NCAA Division II. He also had a .767 slugging percentage and 71 runs scored, both good enough for fourth in the country. He stole 30 bases and struck out just 18 times in 232 at-bats.
He was named the NCBWA National Player of the Year and the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year.
Late last week, Kaiser was named the National Player of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association. He is the first Colorado Mesa University player ever to be named the National Player of the Year.
Shortstop Nate Robertson joined Kaiser on the ABCA All-American list. Robertson was named to the ABCA All-American team for the second straight season.