Camp, Baur headline preseason accolades for fourth picked Wolves

Camp, Baur headline preseason accolades for fourth picked Wolves
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | by Chas Goodwin, Athletic Communications Assistant

ROCK HILL – The Newberry College baseball team is picked fourth in the annual South Atlantic Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll, which was released Wednesday. In addition, the Wolves were second for most players on the preseason all-conference team with five picks.

Newberry picked up 94 points in the ballot, falling one vote short of third place Tusculum and one vote ahead of fifth place Lincoln Memorial. The 2014 SAC Champion Catawba Indians picked up the most points with 119 and also received nine of the 11 first place votes. Wingate finished second with 109 points and one first place vote.

The Wolves placed two players on the All-SAC first team with starting pitcher Wesley Camp and third baseman Albert Baur. Joining that duo are starting pitcher Cole Cromer, relief pitcher Daniel Nations and outfielder Alex Kirby to round out the second team honorees.

Camp picks up his second preseason accolade after being named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) this past Friday. He comes off a brilliant 2014 season, being named to the All-SAC second team and to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Southeast Region team after compiling an 8-3 overall record and a 2.32 ERA in 100.2 innings pitched. The Pelion native fanned 66 batters while only allowing 16 walks and tossed three complete games in 13 starts, including a 4-0 shutout of Brevard. Camp led the SAC in innings pitched, finished fourth in wins, sixth in earned run average and seventh in strikeouts in 2014.  

Baur continues to climb in the Newberry College baseball record books with another phenomenal performance in 2014. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, native hit .332 for the year with the fourth most hits in the conference (71) while being the only player on the Wolves’ roster to start all 53 games. His 17 doubles was third most and was fifth in runs batted in with 46. With 99 total bases he slugged .463 for the season and carried a .380 on base percentage.

This is Baur’s fourth accolade from the South Atlantic Conference, as he was named to the All-SAC second team and a Gold Glove recipient in 2013 and a first team preseason selection in 2014 all as a first baseman.

Cromer picks up his second distinction from the SAC after an impressive junior campaign and being named to the All-SAC Honorable mention squad. The North Augusta resident finished third in the conference with a 2.18 ERA after tossing 78.1 innings, which was seventh best in the league. He amassed a 5-2 record in 13 starts with a complete game shutout of Brevard, a 6-0 win on March 8th. He carried a 5.9 strikeout to walk ratio after sitting down 59 batters (12th best in the conference).

Nations also picks up his second recognition from the conference after being named to the 2014 SAC Honorable mention team in 2014. As a junior, he ranked fourth in the conference in appearances with 26. He picked up three saves, fifth most in the SAC, and a 5-2 record to go along with a 3.28 ERA. In conference play his 2.20 ERA ranked fifth out of all pitchers. The opposition batted just .219 against him in 46.2 innings pitched while striking out 44 times and plating just 17 earned runs against him.

Kirby returns to the conference honors list after being named a Honorable Mention All-SAC selection and Gold Glove winner in 2014. He finished eighth in the conference with a .358 batting average after picking up 53 hits. His 11 walks and three hit by pitches helped him to a .414 on base percentage. He led the league in sacrifice hits and finished sixth with 15 stolen bases.

The Chapin High School graduate committed just one error in 89 chances to carry a .989 fielding percentage. He also tacked on 86 put outs in the outfield and posted two assists.

The Wolves look to get off to a hot start this weekend with two games against the GRU Augusta Jaguars. Newberry will travel down to Lake Olmstead Stadium to open up the year in the home of the Augusta GreenJackets with a 2 p.m. first pitch. They open up the home schedule on Sunday at the Smith Road Complex with a 2 p.m. first pitch.

South Atlantic Conference play will open up on Friday, February 6th, when the Anderson University Trojans travel to Newberry. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m. and the Saturday double header will begin at 1 p.m.


Team (1st Place Votes)



Catawba (9)



Wingate (1)



Tusculum (1)






Lincoln Memorial












Mars Hill








2015 South Atlantic Conference Preseason All-SAC Teams

First Team
C-Josh Clark, Wingate
1B-Steven Cooper, Anderson
2B-Brantley Rumford, Lenoir-Rhyne
SS-Craig Brooks, Catawba
3B-   Albert Baur, Newberry
OF-Ivan Vieitez, Lenoir-Rhyne
OF-Bo Ausmus, Carson-Newman
OF-Thomas Spitz, Wingate
DH-T.J. Wharton, Catawba
SP-Craig Brooks, Catawba
SP-   Wesley Camp, Newberry
SP-Shaefer Shepard, Catawba
RP-Ryan McClintock, Catawba

Second Team
C-Kyle Floyd, Lincoln Memorial
1B-Kelvin Brito, Lincoln Memorial
2B-Vinny Ferrara, Tusculum
2B-Jean Rodriguez, Lincoln Memorial
SS-Evan Rogers, Mars Hill
3B-John Topoleski, Tusculum
OF-Blake Houston, Catawba
OF-   Alex Kirby, Newberry
OF-Johnathan Lowe, Lincoln Memorial
SP-   Cole Cromer, Newberry
SP-Caleb Edwards, Mars Hill
SP-Brandon Donahue, Wingate
RP-    Daniel Nations, Newberry