WINGATE, N.C. --- Tusculum University student-athletes Daulton Martin and Jarel McDade have been named to the 2019 National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America (NCBWA) NCAA Division II Preseason All-Southeast Region Team.
Martin was named the All-Region second baseman on the first team while McDade garnered second team honors in the outfield.
Martin, a junior from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, earned All-America accolades from the NCBWA (second team) and the American Baseball Coaches Association (third team) in 2018. He led the South Atlantic Conference with his .413 batting average while his 86 total hits were 17th in the nation and the second-most by a DII left-handed hitter. The 2018 All-SAC first team selection finished 18th in the nation in batting average and his seven triples were a league-best and 10th in the country. He finished 20th in Division II in doubles (20) and 23rd in on-base percentage (.500).
Martin's 86 hits were the sixth-most in the Tusculum baseball record book, while leading the Pioneers with 29 multiple-hit games including 10 with three or more hits. He hit safely in his first 12 games of the season to post a 23-game hitting streak dating back to 2017. The 23-game streak is the fourth-longest in program history and was five games away from the school record. After just two seasons, Martin has a .399 career batting average which is currently the sixth highest in Tusculum history. His .489 career on-base percentage is third in the Tusculum record book and is tied for fifth with his 10 career triples.
McDade, a senior outfielder from Magnolia, Texas, earned All-SAC first team honors last season and finished fourth on the team with his .326 batting average. He led the Pioneers with 56 runs scored, which were fifth in the SAC and 23rd in the country. He also led TU with 10 home runs (11th in SAC), 32 walks and was hit by a pitch 15 times (3rd in SAC / 41st in NCAA II). He finished with 58 hits including seven doubles and three triples, while leading the team with 45 RBI including nine multiple RBI games. McDade was also tied for second on the squad with 19 multiple-hit contests.
Both Martin and McDade were named to the Preseason All-SAC first team earlier this week while Martin garnered Preseason All-America honors by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
Tusculum opens its season next weekend with four games in Florida beginning with next Friday's 1 p.m. contest at Barry University followed by a 6 p.m. first pitch later that evening at Nova Southeastern.
NCBWA Preseason All-Southeast Region Team
1B – Dillon Carpenter, Anderson
2B – Daulton Martin, Tusculum
3B – Chase Allen, Limestone
SS – Tyler Adams, Lincoln Memorial
C – Matt Honeycutt, Mars Hill
OF – Luke Jackson, UNC Pembroke
OF – Wesley Wommack, Georgia College
OF – Danton Hyman, Newberry
UT – Nate Estes, Mount Olive
SP – Kolton Ingram, Columbus State
SP – Tucker Burgess, North Greenville
SP – Ethan Elliott, Lincoln Memorial
RP – Parker Morrison, North Georgia
1B – Alex Reynolds, Lenoir-Rhyne
2B – Seth Hartings, UNC Pembroke
3B – Garrett Green, Georgia College
SS – Colin Allman, Newberry
C – Andres Perez, North Georgia
OF – Jeffrey Chandler, North Greenville
OF – Jarel McDade, Tusculum
OF – Chandler Castleberry, Anderson
UT – Drew Yniesta, Erskine
SP – Austin Turgeon, Wingate
SP – John Grigg, Lenoir-Rhyne
SP – Ethan Garner, North Greenville
RP – Bradley Cammack, Georgia College