Martin making most of opportunity

Sophomore first baseman Kyle Martin has stepped up for the Gamecocks this postseason.

COLUMBIA (WACH)- All USC sophomore first baseman Kyle Martin has done since entering the program in 2012 is wait for an opportunity. It finally came in the Columbia regional last weekend.

"Whenever you get an opportunity, you try and take advantage of it, and that's all I tried to do," Martin said. The Greenville, S.C. native made the start at first base in place of a struggling LB Dantzler and delivered.

Martin was named the Columbia regional's Most Outstanding Player, hittting .500 in 12 at-bats with a home run and six RBI's in the Gamecocks three games, and made his head coach look like a genius in the process.

"I thought it was a bonus the way he swung the bat," USC head coach Chad Holbrook said. "I was putting him in there, to be honest with you, to stabilize our defense and his offensive production was icing on the cake."

Holbrook says he is "strongly" leaning towards keeping Martin at first for the Super Regional this weekend when the Gamecocks travel to Chapel Hill to face UNC, but has not made it official yet.