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Sean Bierman hopes to lead a deep and talented Spartan pitching staff in 2012.
Sean Bierman hopes to lead a deep and talented Spartan pitching staff in 2012.

Three Spartans Named to Tino Martinez Award Watchlist

OMAHA, Neb. – The initial watch list for the 2012 Tino Martinez Award has been announced, with University of Tampa baseball players Sean Bierman, Andrew Jones and Jake Schrader on the list.

The award is for the most outstanding player in NCAA Division II college baseball. The annual honor is named after the former University of Tampa Spartan, Olympian and MLB All-Star, Tino Martinez.

Nominations for the award were made by baseball sports information contacts and media members. Omission from the initial list does not exclude additional players from future consideration.

The list will be updated with a mid-season release mid-April. Semi-finalists are scheduled to be announced on May 7th with the finalists to be named on May 21st.

After the finalists are named fans will be once again be invited to vote online at tinoaward.com to help determine the winner. The winner will be announced after the conclusion of the DII Baseball Championship held in Cary, N.C., from May 26 to June 2.

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