July 22, 2016

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MARTIN, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee at Martin battery tandem of Dan Kerwin and Dom Bazzani both parlayed successful stints into All-Star berths in their respective summer baseball leagues.

Kerwin represented the North squad in the Valley Baseball League All-Star Game on July 10. He entered the game at catcher in the sixth inning and recorded four putouts.

At the time of his All-Star selection, Kerwin was hitting .287 with a league-leading 11 doubles, two homers and 15 RBI’s in 30 games for the New Market (Va.) Rebels. The rising senior out of Bradenton, Fla. had hit safely in 19 contests – including nine multi-hit performances – while posting a .364 on-base percentage and a .435 slugging percentage. He also helped guide the Rebel pitching staff to a league-high 269 strikeouts in 281.1 innings at the break.

Kerwin launched a pair of homers in a 4-1 victory over the Front Royal Cardinals on June 8 and followed that with three doubles the next day against the Woodstock River Bandits. The right-handed slugger also cranked out a four-hit game in a win over the Covington Lumberjacks on June 14.

Last spring at UT Martin, Kerwin hit .299 with four homers and 25 RBI’s in 50 games (44 starts) behind the plate. His 16 doubles ranked seventh for a single season in program history and were the second-most ever by a Skyhawk catcher. He elevated his game in Ohio Valley Conference play, leading UT Martin with a .337 batting average against league foes.

Entering his redshirt sophomore season at UT Martin, Bazzani earned a spot on the Blue team in the Alaska Baseball League All-Star Game on July 17. The hard-throwing lefty made a relief appearance in the seventh inning and struck out a pair of batters in a scoreless frame.

Bazzani made a case as one of the best hurlers in the first half of the Alaska Baseball League, posting a 2.43 ERA with a league-high 38 strikeouts over nine appearances (five starts) for the Peninsula Oilers. He limited the opponent to a miniscule .206 batting average, allowing only 27 hits over 37 innings of work.

Tabbed as the Oilers’ Opening Day starter, Bazzani began his torrid stretch with a dominant outing against the Matsu Miners on June 8. He dialed up 11 strikeouts and conceded just one hit over seven scoreless innings, earning the victory in a 1-0 ballgame. He also picked up a win after allowing only one run while fanning five batters in six frames against the Chugiak Chinooks on July 2.

A native of Stockbridge, Ga., Bazzani paced UT Martin in games started (14), quality starts (six) and strikeouts (71) in 2016. His strikeout total was the fifth-highest in a single season in program history.

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