Four Panthers Named All-Conference
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          Release: 05/22/2012
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (May 22, 2012) - The Sun Belt Conference announced the 2012 All-SBC teams on Tuesday night. FIU senior third baseman Mike Martinez earned first-team honors along with junior outfielder Jabari Henry while senior outfielder Pablo Bermudez and junior designated hitter Adam Kirsch were named to the second team.

This is the fourth-straight All-SBC award for Martinez, who becomes the first Panther in the history of the FIU baseball program to be named all-conference in four consecutive seasons. In 2012, Martinez won the SBC regular-season batting title with a .393 (75-for-191) batting average. The slugging third baseman leads the Panthers in seven statistical categories including average, hits, doubles, total bases, hit by pitch and slugging and on base percentage. In the final series of the regular season against Florida Atlantic, Martinez became the only Panther to eclipse the 300-hit mark in his career. He currently holds FIU career records for hits, RBI, at bats and total bases.

Bermudez was named all-conference for the second-straight season after being named the conference Player of the Year a season ago. The speedy centerfielder is second on the team with a .315 (64-for-203) average and a team-high 12 stolen bases. Earlier this season, he was named National Hitter of the Week and Sun Belt Player of the Week for hitting .588 (10-for-17) with a pair of homers and 11 runs scored.  He also drove in seven runs out of the leadoff spot, which contributed to FIU scoring 48 runs over a four-game road trip that produced three victories. Bermudez currently holds the FIU career record for runs scored with 211. He is the only Panther to score more than 200 runs in a career.

Henry, a former SBC Freshman of the Year, was named all-conference for the second time in his career. The slugging outfielder leads the team in home runs with 12 and is hitting .306 (53-for-173) with a team-high 45 RBI. In April, Henry was named National Hitter of the Week when he hit four home runs and had 13 RBI over a five-game span.

This is the first all-conference award for Kirsch, who's hitting .287 (52-for-181) overall with six home runs and 41 RBI. In conference play, Kirsch is batting .317 (32-for-101) with three home runs, 18 runs and 18 RBI. The junior college transfer has been active on the base paths during conference play, converting 3-of-4 stolen base attempts, including a multi-steal game against Florida Atlantic.  

The Panthers open Sun Belt Conference Tournament pool play on Thursday, May 24 at Noon ET against No. 6 seed Troy then play No. 7 seed Middle Tennessee on Friday at Noon and No. 2 seed Arkansas State at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Family Night - Bowling Green Park
Family night officially kicks off the tournament on Tuesday, May 22. This annual event honors student-athletes for their performance on the field and in the classroom while providing several family-friendly activities throughout the night, including a student-athlete home run derby and fireworks show. Gates open at 7:45 p.m. ET, and the event is free and open to the public.

SBC Championship Coverage
Fans can catch all the action from the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Baseball Tournament live from Bowling Green Pak in Bowling Green, Ky., via SBC Extra. Visit www.SunBeltSports.org and fill out the required registration information for live streaming of each game directly to your computer. SBC Extra is a broadband video channel that is the ultimate place for fans of Sun Belt member schools on the web. SBC Extra is powered by SunBeltSports.org, the Official web site of the Sun Belt Conference. Live stats and complete championship results will be available via www.SunBeltSports.org and fans can follow @FIUBaseball on Twitter for updates throughout the tournament.

2012 ALL-SBC FIRST TEAM
Chance Cleveland (UALR, Jr., SP)
Jacob Lee (Arkansas State, Sr., SP)
Ryan Garton (Florida Atlantic, Sr., SP)
R.J. Alvarez (Florida Atlantic, Jr., RP)
Blake Johnson (UALR, Jr., C)
Logan Pierce (Troy, Jr., 1B)
Mike Albaladejo (Florida Atlantic, Sr., 2B)
Jeremy Sy (ULM, Sr., SS)
Mike Martinez (FIU, Sr., 3B)
Sean Bignall (UALR, Sr., OF)
Jabari Henry (FIU, Jr., OF)
Justin Guidry (Middle Tennessee, Sr., OF)
Whitt Dorsey (South Alabama, Jr., DH)
Myles Parma (UALR, Jr., UTIL)

2012 ALL-SBC SECOND TEAM
Randy Zeigler (ULM, Jr., SP)
Johnathan Frebis (Middle Tennessee, Fr., SP)
Jarron Cito (South Alabama, Jr., SP)
John Koch (Arkansas State, Jr., RP)
Mike Spano (Florida Atlantic, C, Jr.)
Joey Rapp (ULM, Sr., 1B)
Johnny Thomas (Middle Tennessee, Jr., 2B)
Dustin Jones (Arkansas State, So., SS)
Hank LaRue (Middle Tennessee, So., 3B)
Cameron Bentley (UALR, Sr., OF)
Pablo Bermudez (FIU, Sr., OF)
Jordan Patterson (South Alabama, So., OF)
Adam Kirsch (FIU, Jr., DH)
Scott Wilcox (WKU, So., UTIL)

2012 PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jeremy Sy (Louisiana-Monroe, Sr., SS)

2012 PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Jacob Lee (Arkansas State, Sr., SP)

2012 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Johnathan Frebis (Middle Tennessee, Fr., SP)

2012 RON MAESTRI COACH OF THE YEAR
Tommy Raffo, Arkansas State

About FIU Athletics: FIU Athletics is home to more than 400 student-athletes in 18 different sports, and is a proud member of the Sun Belt Conference and an affiliate member of Conference USA (men's soccer). Athletic events are played in seven different venues on FIU's campuses (Modesto A. Maidique and Biscayne Bay), including U.S. Century Bank Arena and Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.

About FIU: Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida's anchor institutions, FIU is worlds ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission and enrolls nearly 48,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. More than 140,000 alumni live and work in South Florida. FIU is a member of the Sun Belt Conference and has 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.

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Mike Martinez was named all-conference for the fourth-straight season
Mike Martinez was named all-conference for the fourth-straight season

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