Tesensky, Martin garner MWC honors on diamond
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MWC Performer of Week - Mon, Apr. 28, 2014

MOUNT VERNON – Cornell's John Tesensky and Kari Martin have been named Midwest Conference Baseball/Softball Performers of the Week in their respective sports for the period ending April 27.

Tesensky, a freshman outfielder, was key to a 4-1 week that saw Cornell's baseball team (20-10 overall, 8-4 MWC) clinch the program's first winning season since 2003 and remain in strong contention for a South Division championship.

Tesensky batted .529 (9-of-17) with nine RBIs and a .588 slugging percentage. The Watertown, Wis., native collected seven hits and drove in seven runs in the weekend series with Illinois College as the Rams took three of four games.

Tesensky went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs in Tuesday's 10-8 comeback win over Coe that snapped a 16-game losing streak against its rival.

Tesensky is hitting .358 for the season and leads the Rams with 15 multi-hit games. He has hit safely in the last six.

The Rams visit Augustana Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game in Rock Island, Ill. Cornell then takes on Grinnell (14-14, 7-3 MWC) in a four-game series Saturday (in Mount Vernon) and Sunday (in Grinnell) that will determine the South Division champion.

Martin, of Mount Vernon, closed her junior softball season on an impressive personal note, batting .714 (10-of-14) and compiling a hefty 1.286 slugging percentage in four games. The Ram first baseman accounted for two doubles, two home runs, four runs and six RBIs.

Martin blasted her fifth home run of the year in Saturday's 8-0 Game 1 win at South Division champion Lake Forest, which marked the Foresters' lone conference defeat. Martin went 6-for-7 with five RBIs in Tuesday's sweep of Knox.

Martin led the Rams this spring with a .388 batting average while posting 13 extra-base hits and 26 RBIs.

Cornell finished with a fine 24-9 record, the second-most wins in school history. The Rams went 7-3 in the MWC, but lost a tiebreaker with Monmouth for the final spot in the conference tournament.