Cal Poly player in the running for national award

Travis Taijeron of the Cal Poly Pomona baseball team was named by the College Baseball Lineup as a semifinalist for the 2011 Division II Tino Martinez Award. The honor will be presented to the most outstanding player in D-II college baseball.

The annual honor is named after the former University of Tampa Spartan, United States Olympian, first round draft pick and MLB All-Star, Tino Martinez.

Taijeron leads the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) in homeruns with 14, which puts him 18th nationally. In leading the Broncos to the conference tournament, which will be held in Stockton, Calif., this week, the senior outfielder hit .459 in the final month of the regular season.

The San Diego native is a three-time CCAA Player of the Week and his 30 career homeruns ranks second all-time in the CPP record books.

The 47 semi-finalists for the Tino Martinez Award represent 41 different schools from across the nation. Each of the eight geographic regions are represented, with a minimum of five players selected from each area.

Five players comprise the semifinalists from the Atlantic, East and West Regions, six student-athletes make up the list from the Midwest and Central, and six players have been included from the South, South Central and Southeast.

The finalists are scheduled to be named on Thursday, May 19. The winner will be announced after the conclusion of the DII Baseball Championship held in Cary, N.C., from May 28 to June 4.