2008 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2008 SEC All-Tournament Team
MLB Draft: 17th round in 2008 (Minnesota)
Outstanding southpaw who pitched in the Tigers’ 2008 weekend rotation after receiving a medical redshirt in 2007 (hip surgery) ... signed with the Minnesota Twins organization after the club selected him in the 17th round of the 2008 draft ... pitched at Birmingham-Southern in 2005 and 2006 before transferring to LSU ... pitched in the summer of 2007 in the Northwoods League, recording a 2.72 ERA in 39.2 innings while posting 38 strikeouts ... named the No. 9 prospect in the Northwoods League by Baseball America magazine – the magazine cited his plus-90s fastball and his loose arm action.
SENIOR SEASON (2008)
Appeared in 20 games (18 starts), posting a 5-3 record and a 5.08 ERA in 88.2 innings . . . recorded 37 walks and 81 strikeouts and limited opponents to a .252 batting average ... tied with teammate Ryan Verdugo for first place in the SEC with 18 games started ... .also finished No. 6 in the league in opponent batting average (.252) ... solid outing as starter in Game 3 of Super Regional vs. UC Irvine -- 4.2 IP, five hits, two earned runs, one walk, three strikeouts ... named to SEC All-Tournament team after defeating Vanderbilt (May 22) -- 7.0 IP, one earned run on four hits, three walks, one strikeout ... defeated Miss. State on May 10 -- 7.0 IP, two hits, two runs, two walks, 8 K ... excellent outing to defeat South Carolina on April 25 -- 8.1 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 5 BB, 7 K ... made two starts in the Alabama series (April 4 and April 6) -- pitched three shutout innings in Game 1(two hits, no walks, three Ks) before rain suspended the contest; came back to start Game 3 and allowed three runs on four hits with no walks and five Ks. Martin threw a total of 100 pitches in the two outings, helping LSU to wins in both games.
JUNIOR SEASON (2007)
Received a medical redshirt after hip surgery.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2006 at Birmingham-Southern)
Played a prominent starting role with nine starts and 11 appearances ... went 4-1 with a 3.57 ERA in 53 innings of work ... struck out 57 and held opponents to a .218 batting average.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2005 at Birmingham-Southern)
Had a solid freshman campaign, making 17 appearances and three starts ... went 3-1 with a 3.25 ERA and had 36 strikeouts to 10 walks in 36 innings ... held right-handed hitters to a .204 batting average ... fanned 10 batters in six innings, allowing one run on four hits with a walk in his first collegiate start against Tennessee-Martin on March 15 ... did not allow a run in nine of 17 appearances ... named the third-best pro prospect in the Northwoods League and reached the league's all-star game ... posted a 5-5 record with a 2.39 ERA in 28 games.
A four-year starter and letterwinner at Boaz High School ... named team and all-county MVP and was an all-state selection ... posted an 8-3 record with a 0.46 ERA in 76 innings pitched as a senior ... struck out 160 batters while walking only 16 ... for his career, finished with 352 strikeouts, which is ninth all-time in Alabama high school history ... selected to the East-West All-Star game ... coached by Nickey Dixon ... also lettered four years on the basketball team as a forward.
Full name is David Blake Martin ... parents are David and Kayla Martin ... has one younger sister, Heather ... chose to attend LSU because of "the nationally ranked baseball team and academic programs" ... majoring in business management at LSU ... born June 19, 1986 in Gadsden, Ala.
Martin’s LSU Career Highs
Innings: 8.1 vs. South Carolina (4/25/08)
Strikeouts: 9 vs. Miss. Valley State (2/27/08)
Hits Allowed: 7 four times; last vs. Southern Miss (6/1/08)
Runs: 7 at Ole Miss (4/12/08)
Earned Runs: 7 at Ole Miss (4/12/08)
Walks: 5 vs. South Carolina (4/25/08)