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Martin, Bodnar sweep AMC Baseball Player of the Week honors for April 19-25

April 28, 2010

PITTSBURGH – In what was an impressive final week of the season for the Point Park University baseball team, the Pioneers took home both of the American Mideast Conference weekly awards for games played April 19-25.

Point Park senior pitcher Seth Martin (Verona/Penn Hills) was named the AMC Baseball Pitcher of the Week after tossing a complete-game, one-hit shutout in a 10-0 victory over Cedarville Friday.

Martin vs. Walsh

Sophomore third baseman Lee Bodnar (Chartiers/Chartiers Valley) collected 13 hits and batted .619 (13 for 21) with nine RBIs in six games last week on his way to being named the AMC Baseball Player of the Week.

Bodnar vs. WAU

Martin and Bodnar were the first and only Point Park baseball players to receive a weekly honor from the AMC this year. The Pioneers finished their season last week by winning five of six games. Point Park’s final record was 13-26.

Martin, a four-year starter, pitched one of the best games of his career on Senior Day last Friday. The senior right-hander breezed through his complete-game one-hitter by facing only 15 batters in five innings. Point Park won the game, 10-0, with a run in the bottom of the fifth.

The only hit that Martin allowed was a single to start the fourth. He allowed only three runners to reach base, but each one was erased via a double play. Martin’s pitching line included three strikeouts, no walks and one hit.

Over the last four years, no other Point Park pitcher has started more games or logged more innings than Martin. Martin had a 2-5 record this year, although on three occasions he lost by one run. Before giving Martin 10 runs of support in his final start, the Pioneers scored a combined 14 runs in his first seven starts.

Bodnar’s performance last week was the continuation of an impressive streak of hitting that he started two weeks ago. After an injury allowed him to break into the starting lineup April 10, Bodnar hit safely in the final 12 games of the season – with seven of those being multi-hit games – and he hit .548 (23 of 42) over the final two weeks of the year.

For the week in which he was honored for the AMC Player of the Week, Bodnar was 13 for 21 (.619) with four doubles, a triple, a home run. He drove in nine runs and scored four times.

Bodnar’s week was highlighted by a 4-for-4 performance in an 18-11 win over Washington Adventist Monday. Before the week was through, Bodnar collected a three-hit game and a pair of two-hit games to lead the Pioneers to a 5-1 record on the week.

Bodnar helped to set the tone for a four-game sweep of Cedarville by going 3 for 4 with a double and a two-run homer in the first game of the four-game series.

For the year, Bodnar hit .438 (32 of 73) with 19 RBIs. With five more at bats he would have qualified to rank among the AMC leaders in hitting, but he fell short of the requirement of having 2.0 at bat per team game. He played in 25 of 39 games with 21 starts.