May 15, 2014
Senior catcher Cole Martin has been red hot in his past 10 games, hitting .382 with a .463 on-base percentage. The Bay City, Mich., native was an All-Big Ten third team selection as a junior and was on the Johnny Bench Award watch list this past March. We asked Cole about playing his last series at Ray Fisher Stadium, his hot hitting and the success of the U-M pitching staff.
Q: What are your thoughts going into the last home weekend for the seniors?
A: I'm definitely feeling nostalgic in a way. Thinking back on everything we've been through, especially our senior class. It's a weird feeling know we only have two regular-season games left and the postseason. It's definitely made me very thankful for all the experiences I've had the last four years.
Q: Have the seniors been sharing a lot of stories these past couple of weeks?
A: Definitely. We had one of our roommates (Drew Dileo) leaves Tuesday and Robo (Adam Robinson) left after the Northwestern games. That was the start of it. At least we haven't had it all at one time. I think it's been a little easier when one guy leaves and a week to recoup. It's not easy seeing a bunch of friends leave knowing you won't be around them in the fall.
A: I'd say just thinking about it less. In the beginning and middle of the season when I was struggling, I was just thinking so much trying to figure out what was wrong. The minute I finally said "stop thinking" was when I actually started getting back to where I'm capable of hitting. Every game, I go into the box in the first at-bat and try to shut my brain off. I'm here to play and not think about what I'm doing. That been my personal key to success.
Q: What's your favorite memory of Michigan, either on or off the field?
A: Being able to be around all of the guys. Every day, there's something new and funny and I think that's really what I'm going to miss the most. The personalities that you get to run into every day. You don't get 35 different personalities together very often for the rest of your life. I'm going to miss the quirky and spontaneous things the guys do.
Q: What have you seen from the pitching staff recently that's led to their success?
A: Everyone is attacking the zone and it's so fun. I was talking about (Brett) Adcock's performance against Purdue in his four innings and how unbelievably fun that was to catch. I didn't have to work at all and he's just hitting the spot. That's fun to catch when you know he's so lights out you can call any pitch at any count. Then the Ohio State weekend and (Keith) Lehmann against UIC, that's what it was like. They were going to pound the zone with strikes and not put people on with free passes and playing good defense behind them if they did make hard contact. That's fun for me to be able to see the growth they've all had.
A: Obviously, if baseball is there I'm going to definitely take it and run with it as long as somebody will let me do it. Whenever baseball is over, I want to go into law enforcement, whether it would be state or federal. My eventual goal is to work in the FBI. Any of the federal law enforcement agencies I'm really taking a deep interest in and want to try and work to help other people through that avenue.
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