FOND DU LAC - For a second straight year, Marian University baseball has had three student-athletes sign contracts to compete in the Northwoods League over the summer.
"We're incredibly proud of these three student-athletes who have signed Northwoods League contracts," commented head baseball coach Jordan Baitinger. "All three are models of what we want our program to be all about."
Sophomore Garrett Martin (Gypsum, Colo.) had a breakout season for the Sabres on the mound going 5-3 on the season with a 4.06 earned run average over his 51.0 innings of work to earn a roster spot with the Green Bay Booyah. The right-hander struck out 79 hitters setting a single-season Marian record to go with a 13.94 strikeouts per nine innings average that ranked fourth in the entire nation. Throughout the year he had five performances with double-digit strikeouts including a 17-strikeout performance against Illinois Tech that set a single-game record at Marian. During the middle of the season, he posted a 25.2 scoreless innings streak that spanned over four games. He opened this stretch with a win over Lakeland where he went 6.0 innings allowing only two hits with 11 punch outs. He followed that performance with a shutout of Dominican where he struck out 14 over 8.0 innings allowing only two hits. Martin then posted his second straight shutout with a 12-strikeout performance against Rockford. This dominant stretch earned Martin a pair of NACC player of the week awards.
Joining Martin with the Booyah will be sophomore Sean Meyer (Oconomowoc, Wis.) who had a dominant season at the plate earning a spot on the All-NACC first team at first base. Meyer recorded the highest batting average in the NACC, eighth in the nation and seventh all-time at Marian for a single season, at .434 to go with the best on-base percentage in the conference at .497. He also ranked in the top 10 of the NACC with a .539 slugging percentage driving in the eighth-most runs in the NACC with 32. His 66 hits this season were good for second in the NACC and put him fifth in the single-season record book at Marian. During the season, he was held hitless in only nine games over his 39 starts with 21 multi-hit games and 10 games with at least three hits. He also had nine games this season where he drove in multiple runs including a four-RBI game against Bethany Lutheran, who qualified for the NCAA tournament this season. Meyer was able to close out the regular season with a .684 batting average over the final four games to earn a spot on the D3Baseball.com Team of the Week.
Sophomore Nick Dugandzic (Waterford, Wis.) becomes the first Marian position player to play for the hometown Fond du Lac Dock Spiders after a strong season behind the plate. Dugandzic had a strong weapon both offensively and defensively behind the dish for the Sabres earning an All-NACC honorable mention selection. Dugandzic had the eighth-best batting average in the NACC at .371 to go with a .479 on-base percentage, fourth in the NACC. He had 15 multi-hit games this season including a 10-game hitting streak during the season where he posted seven multi-hit games. Dugandzic drove in a total of 27 runs this season with just as many runs scored with six multi-RBI games including a three-RBI performance in a win over Saint John's (Minn.), a team who qualified for the NCAA tournament this season. Defensively, he caught 16 runners attempting to steal with a .286 runners caught stealing percentage. He was also the only catcher in the NACC to allow 40 or fewer stolen bases and catch double-digit potential base stealers.
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Martin is the fifth Sabre pitcher to sign a Northwoods League contract in the past three seasons, while Meyer and Dugandzic are the first position players to earn a Northwoods League spot since 2015.