Baur named semifinalist for Tino Martinez Award

Baur named semifinalist for Tino Martinez Award
Sunday, April 19, 2015 | by Chas Goodwin, Athletic Communications Assistant

OMAHA, Neb. – Newberry College first baseman Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.) has been named as a semifinalist for the D2 Baseball News 2015 Tino Martinez Award, as announced on Friday evening.

The Tino Martinez Award is presented annually by D2 Baseball News publication to the top player in Division II baseball. The award is named after former University of Tampa Spartan, United States Olympian, first round draft pick, MLB All-Star and College Baseball Hall of Fame member, Tino Martinez. He was a three-time All-American and still holds a number of UT records.

The semifinalist list is comprised of thirty student-athletes from across the country, as Baur joins Will Albertson of Catawba and Thomas Spitz of Wingate as the three representatives from the South Atlantic Conference. Only three players on the list play in the state of South Carolina as Baur joins Erskine’s Brandon Overstreet and North Greenville’s Allen Staton as the nominations in that category. Of the thirty members on the semifinalist list, 17 are from the southeastern United States.

Baur has made his final season in a Newberry uniform a memorable one, as he has emerged as one of the top players in the country, again. The left-handed hitter landed on the Tino Martinez Award watch list in 2013 as well.

This season he has been named the South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week and also was tabbed the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Southeast Region Co-Hitter of the Week after going 5-for-5 and hitting for the cycle with two home runs, seven RBIs and five runs scored against Limestone on February 18.

Baur finished in the top 10 in nearly every offensive category this season in the South Atlantic Conference. He finished second in the league in batting average (.430), slugging percentage (.813), hits (83), home runs (16), RBIs (59) and total bases (157). His 40 extra base hits was tied for the highest slot on the SAC charts while he led all players in the league with 22 doubles. The senior reached base at a .515 clip which was third in the conference thanks to 27 walks (7th) and nine hit by pitches (5th). He crossed the plate 53 times this season which was fifth best.

On the diamond, Baur was also one of the top defensive players as he led the SAC in total chances (447) and putouts (411). The 2013 SAC Gold Glove winner only committed four errors on the year for a .991 fielding percentage which ranked 12th while taking part in 29 doubles plays and making 32 assists.

In his lustrous four year career, Baur has become the most decorated player in Newberry baseball history. He currently carries the all-time career lead in games played, games started, at bats, hits, doubles, RBIs, total bases, intentional walks, putouts and defensive chances. He currently needs one more home run to take over the all-time lead in that category and sits second in runs scored.

For the single-season record book, the first baseman is third in batting average and hits, second in doubles and home runs, fourth in RBIs and eighth in runs scored. He has set the benchmark for slugging percentage, on-base percentage, at bats, total bases and intentional walks in one year.

Baur has led the Wolves to 112 victories in his tenure that includes a 33-16 record this season, the highest recorded win total dating back through 1982. This is also the first time in that span that Newberry has posted back-to-back 30-win seasons. The Wolves put together a 21-8 South Atlantic Conference record this season, the first time Newberry has had 20 wins in South Atlantic Conference action since joining the league in 1996, to finish second in the final league standings. The second place finish is the first time in the school’s 19 year SAC membership that the baseball team has accomplished finishing in the top three in the final standings.

The Wolves will look to Baur and the other 12 seniors to lead the team as they chase their second South Atlantic Conference Tournament title this week at McNair Field in Forest City, N.C. Newberry takes the field in their first game on Friday, April 24, at approximately 3:45 p.m. They will face the highest seeded winner of Thursday’s two play in games that consist of Wingate, Anderson, Brevard and Carson-Newman.