Pacers' Miller named to Tino Martinez Award watch list

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Monday, February 11, 2013

OMAHA, Neb. – University of South Carolina Aiken senior catcher/outfielder Josh Miller has been named to the 2013 Tino Martinez Award Watch List.

The Tino Martinez Award is given to the most outstanding player in NCAA Division II baseball at the conclusion of the 2013 season.

The initial Watch List includes 150 top amateur athletes from across the nation. The annual honor is named after the former University of Tampa Spartan, United States Olympian, First-Round draft pick and MLB All-Star, Tino Martinez.

Initial nominations for the award were made by baseball sports information contacts, coaches and media members. A panel of media, coaches and sports information officers will be polled to finalize the candidates and determine the 2013 winner. A fan Internet vote also contributes to the final vote.

Miller (Chapin, S.C./Chapin HS) entered the 2013 season by being chosen a Preseason All-American by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. He was also named Preseason All-Region by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Miller was selected to the 2013 Peach Belt Conference Preseason All-Conference Team.

The 2012 First-Team All-Peach Belt Conference selection hit .376 (79-for-210) in his junior campaign.

The 2012 Peach Belt Conference Tournament All-Tournament Team member and American Baseball Coaches Association Southeast Region All-Region choice had 21 extra-base hits on 14 doubles and seven home runs.

Miller owned a slugging percentage of .543 in 2012. He finished his year with an on-base percentage of .441.

In total, Miller had a team-best 57 RBIs to go along with 46 runs scored.

Miller has started all six Pacer games this season. He has stolen a team-high tying three bases this season.

Miller and nationally fifth-ranked USC Aiken will next welcome Shepherd to Roberto Hernandez Stadium for a three-game series for the first time.

The Rams and Pacers will commence their three-game series at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15. The series will close with single 1 p.m. games on Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17.

Shepherd, which is the alma mater of current Pacer head assistant coach Jason Walck, and USC Aiken have not met since 1992. The Pacers own a 2-0 all-time series advantage in the series.

Shepherd will be opening its 2013 season against the Pacers.

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