South Carolina first baseman Kyle Martin has elected to put his professional baseball career on hold and is returning to South Carolina for his senior season. South Carolina’s top hitter this past season, Martin batted .336 (82-for-244) and started all 62 games at first base for the Gamecocks. He has twice been named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament team and has hit .345 (19-for-55) with 12 RBI in postseason play the last three years. He was a 20th round round selection by the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim.
“I love this university, I love this baseball program and I’m just not ready to leave all that this great place provides me,” said Kyle Martin. “This was not an easy decision and I appreciate the Angels drafting me. However, after talking it over with my family, Coach Holbrook and the staff and Coach Tanner, I’ve decided that I want to come back and help lead the 2015 team. I’m very excited to be a part of the Gamecock baseball program one more year and I’m anxious to get back on the field with my teammates. I am looking forward to another season at Carolina Stadium in front of the best fans in the country. It is also important for me to earn my degree and I’m grateful to the entire University community that is helping me get closer to achieving that goal.”
Along with his .336 average that ranked seven in the SEC this year, Martin scored 35 runs, belted 11 doubles, hammered five homers and drove in 38 runs. He had 108 total bases that ranked 14th in the league and led the Gamecocks with 24 multi-hit games. He fielded .995 at first base last year with just three errors. He had four games last year in which he tallied four hits.
Martin is a career .318 hitter (128-for-402) for the Gamecocks with eight homers and 60 RBI. He has put together a .379 on-base percentage as well as a .423 slugging mark.
Martin is a mechanical engineering major. He was named to the 2013 SEC Academic Honor Roll.
“We are thrilled to have Kyle back for another year,” said South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook. “As I stated Tuesday, I’m already anxious for August to get here and get ready for the 2015 season. Kyle is the best defensive first baseman in the country and one of our top hitters. To have his bat in the middle of the lineup one more season is huge and we appreciate his desire and passion to want to don the Garnet & Black one more time. We are happy with where we are as a team as we head into the next season.”
KYLE MARTIN BIO
2014 – Started all 62 games, team’s leading hitter with a .336 average (82-for-244) with 35 runs scored, 11 doubles, five homers and 38 RBI, a .389 on-base percentage and a .443 slugging percentage ... Named to NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team ... 2-for-4 with a RBI double in 10-1 loss vs. Maryland in NCAA Regional (6/1) ... 3-for-4 with a RBI, a double and a run scored in 4-3 loss vs. Maryland in NCAA Regional (5/31) ... 1-for-3 with two RBI in 5-2 win over Campbell in NCAA Regional (5/30) ... Solo homer in 7-2 loss vs. Florida at SEC Tournament (5/22) ... 2-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored in 6-3 win over Vanderbilt (5/17) ... 4-for-5 with a RBI and a double in 9-3 loss at Vanderbilt (5/16) ... 3-for-5 with a run scored and three RBI in 10-1 win over The Citadel (5/13) ... 4-for-5 tying career-high in hits with a run scored and two RBI in 9-3 win over Alabama (4/27) ... Tied career-high in hits going 4-for-4 with a double, a run scored and a RBI in 6-1 win over USC Upstate (4/23) ... 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in 4-3 win at Auburn (4/20) ... 2-for-4 with a two-run double and a run scored in 10-8 loss at The Citadel (4/16) ... 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in 6-5 loss to Florida (4/13) ... 2-for-4 with a RBI and a stolen base in 4-1 win over Florida (4/11) ... 3-for-4 with a three-run homer, two runs scored and tied career-high with four RBI in 9-2 win at Furman (4/8) ... 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored in 9-6 win over Tennessee (3/29) ... 2-for-4 with a run scored in 3-1 win over Ole Miss (3/15) ... Solo homer in 5-0 win over Furman (3/11) ... 2-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored in 9-6 win vs. Clemson (2/28) ... 2-for-5 with a run scored in 6-0 win over Eastern Kentucky (2/23) ... Solo home run in 4-0 win over Eastern Kentucky (2/21) ... 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI in 4-0 win over Presbyterian (2/18) ... 4-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI in 12-0 win over Bucknell (2/16) ... 2-for-2 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI In 17-4 win over Bucknell (2/15).
2013 – Played in 34 games with 18 starts, hit .288 (23-for-80) with 15 runs scored, two doubles, two homers and 10 RBI ... 3-for-5 with two runs scored in 6-5 loss to North Carolina in NCAA Super Regional (6/8) ... NCAA Regional MVP & All-Tournament Team, hit .500 (6-for-12) with a homer, four runs and six RBI in the regional ... 3-for-5 with a homer, career-high three runs scored and career-high four RBI in 19-3 win over Liberty (6/1) ... 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored in 7-3 win over Saint Louis (5/31) ... 1-for-3 with a double and two runs scored in 8-3 win over Georgia (5/12) ... Walked, stole a base and scored a run in 9-3 win over Wofford (5/8) ... Pinch-hit home run in 3-2 loss to Vanderbilt (5/3) ... Key single in 11th inning of 7-6 win over Kentucky (4/22) ... Pinch-hit single in 5-3 loss to Arkansas (3/24) ... Pinch-hit double in 9-5 win at The Citadel (3/19) ... 2-for-5 with two runs scored in 12-4 win over Davidson (3/13) ... RBI and a run scored in 6-4 win over Albany (2/24) ... Pinch-hit RBI single in bottom of the 9th inning led to eventual winning run in 8-7 rally over Liberty (2/17) ... Named to SEC Academic Honor Roll.
2012 – Played in 40 games with 22 starts, hit .295 (23-for-78) with 11 runs scored, five doubles, a homer and 12 RBI ... RBI groundout in 4-1 loss to Arizona in CWS Championship Series (6/25) ... 1-for-3 with a run scored in 4-1 win over Kent State in NCAA College World Series (6/21) ... Key leadoff pinch-hit single in ninth inning of 5-4 win over Clemson in NCAA Regional (6/2) ... 1-for-2 with a run scored in 3-2 loss to Vanderbilt at SEC Tournament (5/24) ... Pinch-hit RBI single in 7-6 loss at Arkansas (5/5) ... Pinch-hit RBI sacrifice fly in 8-6 win at Arkansas (5/4) ... RBI double in 2-1 win over Davidson (5/2) ... Pinch-hit double in 12-4 loss at Vanderbilt (3/31) ... Key pinch-hit two-run single in 9-3 win over Florida (3/22) ... 2-for-3 with a double and run scored in 3-1 win over Princeton (3/11) ... 3-for-4 with a solo home run in 2-1 win over Princeton (3/9) ... 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the 9-6 win vs. Clemson (3/3) ... Pinch-hit single kept alive 11th inning that led to 3-2 victory vs. Clemson in Charleston (3/2) ... 3-for-5 with a double, RBI and two runs scored in 13-1 win over VMI (2/18).