Albert Baur named NCBWA Southeast Region Co-Hitter of the Week

Albert Baur named NCBWA Southeast Region Co-Hitter of the Week
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 | by Chas Goodwin, Athletic Communications Assistant

PEMBROKE, N.C. – Newberry College Wolves’ first baseman Albert Baur has been named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Southeast Region Co-Hitter of the Week for the week of February 24, as announced by the NCBWA on Tuesday evening.  

Baur, a redshirt senior from Philadelphia, Pa., becomes Newberry’s first NCBWA Player of the Week since Bradley Nichols was bestowed the honor in March of 2013. He had an unforgettable week, even though it was cut short due to inclement weather.

On Tuesday the left handed hitter went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBIs in a 5-4 heartbreaking walk off loss to GRU Augusta in Augusta, Ga. He returned home on Wednesday and had a career outing against the Limestone Saints in a 20-5 rout at the Smith Road Complex.

In his first at bat Baur walked and later scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the first inning. Later in the first he ripped a 0-0 fastball to right center field and recorded a standup triple for his first hit of the afternoon, which also scored two runners. 

His next at bat came in the bottom of the third as he turned on a 1-1 pitch and scorched it down the left field line to tally a one-out double on which he later scored.  

An inning later he deposited a 2-2 breaking ball deep into the trees in right center field for a three-run home run and his third hit of the game.

The same outcome arose after a Saint pitcher tried to sneak a first pitch fastball by Baur but watched it sail over the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth for another home run, this time a two-run shot to right field for his second blast of the game.

He made his final stroll to the plate as the leadoff man in the bottom of the eighth inning and was just a single shy of hitting for the cycle, a feat that is the rarest accomplishment in baseball and the achievement of a lifetime for a hitter at any level.

Baur quickly found himself down in the hole with a 0-2 count. After battling back to even the count at 2-2, he hit a high hopper to the Saints’ shortstop. A pen drop could be heard at the Smith Road Complex as Baur raced down the line and the infielder waited on the ball to come down. Thanks to Baur’s hustle, he forced the fielder to bobble the ball and received his single to complete the unmatched task of hitting for the cycle.

For the game he finished with a perfect 5-for-5 effort at the plate with five runs scored and seven runs batted in. In the two games of the week Baur totaled seven hits in 10 plate appearances with a double, triple, two home runs, five runs scored, nine RBIs and 16 total bases.

“Albert has worked extremely hard over his career at Newberry and it is nice to see him get rewarded for his efforts,” Newberry head coach Russell Triplett said. “He is a special player who is well deserving of this award.”

In the past five games Baur has come alive, going 14-for-20 at the plate with four doubles, two triples, three home runs, 13 runs scored, 14 RBIs, a 1.550 slugging percentage and a .769 on-base percentage, nearly tripling his production in every offensive category from the first six games of the season. Up until the Lincoln Memorial series Baur was 4-for-24 at the plate with a pair of doubles, three runs scored and one run batted in.

So far this season Baur ranks eighth in the South Atlantic Conference with 18 hits and second in doubles (6), triples (2) and slugging percentage (.841). He is third in runs scored (16) and total bases (37) while his .409 batting average ranks ninth. His .509 on-base percentage is seventh and his three home runs is fourth best amongst the other players in the SAC. Baur's 15 runs batted in is sixth best in the league along with his eight walks.

Baur joins South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week Bradley Bowman from Wingate as the NCBWA Co-Hitter of the Week. Bowman batted .583 with three doubles, a home run and three RBI for the Bulldogs in a SAC series victory over No. 16 Lenoir-Rhyne.

Danny Brown of Flagler rounded out the Southeast Region Players of the Week awardees for the second time in as many weeks as the pitcher of the week, tossing a complete-game four-hit shutout of the Georgia College Bobcats.

The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association was founded in 1962 and is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport and sponsors awards such as the Howser Award Player of the Year, Regional Player of the Year and the NCBWA All-America team.

Baur and the Wolves look to get back to work on Wednesday, February 25, after being sidelined for a week due to weather. Newberry will play host to the Lincoln (Pa.) Lions at the Smith Road Complex with a 2 p.m. first pitch.