AMERICUS - Georgia Southwestern head softball coach Eddie Ward announced today the hiring of Jennifer Martinez as an assistant coach for the Lady Hurricanes program.
Martinez wrapped up her collegiate playing career in 2009 with the University of Arizona where she went 11-4 with a 2.90 ERA her senior season. She made 38 appearances and tossed five complete games her final year, splitting time as a starter and a reliever for UA. Martinez struck out 100 batters in 103 2/3 innings of work while posting team lows in walks (27) and opponents' batting average (.258).
The La Habra, Calif. native picked up wins against a trio of top 15 teams in 2009, including Arizona State (No. 5), California (No. 14) and Stanford (No. 8). The victory over Stanford came in a must-win Game 2 of the Super Regional en route to the Wildcats' appearance in the NCAA Women's College World Series. UA finished the season with a 46-17 record.
In March of 2010 Martinez began a six-month stint overseas playing professionally for Unione Fermana of the Italian Softball League.
Martinez holds a bachelor's degree in English and will pursue her Master of Business Administration degree at GSW.