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New Mexico Highlands’ Martinez Named Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II National Player of the Week


STARKVILLE, Miss. – Freshman pitcher/first baseman Melissa Martinez of New Mexico Highlands has been named the first Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II National Player of the Week of the 2010 season. 

In the first two weeks of the season, Martinez excelled both at the plate and in the circle. Through the first nine games of the season, Martinez posted a .372 batting average with 11 runs, 16 RBIs, one double and seven home runs. 

The Albuquerque, N.M., native jumpstarted her collegiate career by completing two amazing feats in back-to-back games. 

In her first-ever collegiate at bat, Martinez went yard against Eastern New Mexico. Since then, Martinez has added six more homers to her tally, including a three home-run performance against Grand Canyon. For the season, Martinez has a slugging percentage of 1.269. 

In the second game of the season-opening doubleheader against Eastern New Mexico, Martinez took to the circle and threw a no-hitter in the first start of her collegiate career. Martinez retired 21 of 23 batters faced, while striking out 10. 

After the no-hitter, Martinez continued to excel as a pitcher by recording 27 strikeouts through 20.2 innings of work. 

The Cowgirls of New Mexico Highlands are currently 4-5 on the season.