ROCK HILL – The Newberry College Wolves continue to set records on the diamond this season. The Wolves have 10 different representatives on the All-South Atlantic Conference teams, as announced by the league office Wednesday afternoon.
Newberry’s 10 members and 13 awards are the most of any team in the conference with regular season champion Catawba second with six representatives and 10 honors. Previously, the most all-SAC honorees for any scarlet and gray squad was seven, set last season.
The Wolves’ awards were highlighted by All-SAC first team members Albert Baur (Philadelphia, Pa.), Brandan Sheridan (Jacksonville, Fla.), Wesley Camp (Pelion, S.C.) and Coach of the Year Russell Triplett.
JoJo Bradley (Spartanburg, S.C.) and Daniel Nations (Central, S.C.) were slated on the second team while Jacob Bass (North Augusta, S.C.), Nolan Schrenker (Valrico, Fla.), Cole Cromer (North Augusta, S.C.) and Jon Rosenberger (Anderson, S.C.) earned honorable mention accolades.
The trio of Baur, Bass and Alex Kirby (Chapin, S.C.) were recognized for their leatherwork on the SAC Gold Glove squad.
Baur caps off an illustrious career with his second all-conference nod, as he also earned the honor in in 2013. The senior batted for a blistering .430 average (83-for-193) with 22 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs, 59 RBIs and 53 runs scored. He slugged .813 and got on base at a .515 clip.
Throughout the season Baur had 26 games with multiple hits and 14 games with multiple RBIs. He had four games with two home runs, including a 5-for-5 effort against Limestone in which he hit for the cycle with a pair of home runs, seven RBIs and scored five times. His 11-game hitting streak was the longest for Newberry this season and he rode a 29 game streak of getting on base.
The left-handed hitter led the SAC in doubles and finished second in batting average, slugging percentage, hits, home runs, RBIs and total bases. He leaves Newberry as the most decorated player in program history and the all-time leader in games played, games started, at bats, hits, doubles, RBIs, total bases, intentional walks, putouts and defensive chances.
Baur was also named to the Gold Glove team after leading the conference in total chances (447) and putouts (411). The first baseman only committed four errors in those 447 chances to carry a sparkling fielding percentage of .991, along with 32 assists and taking part in 29 double plays.
Baur was also a named a semifinalist for the Tino Martinez Award, given to the best player in Division II baseball. He also was the SAC Player of the Week on April 14.
Sheridan completed his final campaign for Newberry with a .383 (67-for-175) average which ranked seventh in the league. He completed the season with 17 doubles, three triples, two home runs, 37 RBIs, scored 34 times and swiped 16 bases. He finished in the top 25 in the league in runs, hits, doubles, triples, RBIs, total bases and stolen bases.
The centerfielder finished the season just behind Baur with 22 multi-hit games and 11 contests with two or more RBIs. His best game of the season came against Lincoln Memorial, going 4-for-6 with a double, triple, four RBIs and two runs scored.
This is the first time Sheridan has been recognized on an all-SAC team. He was named the SAC Player of the Week for the week of March 31 and the Eastern College Athletic Conference Player of the Week on April 1.
Camp takes home his second award from the conference office after being named a second team selection in 2014. He amassed an overall record of 8-2 with a 3.16 ERA in 74 innings pitched. He struck out 71 opposing batters to boast a 5.9:1 strikeout to walk ratio.
The southpaw led the league in wins while ranking third in innings pitched and eighth in strikeouts and ERA. He is one win away from tying the Newberry record for wins in a season while ranking second in wins in a career (21) and games started on the mound.
On the year, Camp tallied seven games with six or more strikeouts. His best game came in an eight inning effort with a career high nine strikeouts, allowing one run on seven hits in the Wolves’ 5-1 win over Carson-Newman.
Bradley picked up his first accolade from the SAC as a second team selection. He batted .341 for the year with a .339 on-base percentage and a .533 slugging percentage while ranking in the top 15 in the league in runs, hits and total bases and led the SAC in triples.
The junior had 19 games with multiple hits, including a 10 game hitting streak and a 31 game stretch where he reached base in every contest. That was the longest streak for Newberry this season.
Nations tabs his second distinction from the conference after being named honorable mention a year ago. The junior was 3-1 with five saves and a 1.47 ERA. He made the fifth most appearances in the league with 22 and was fourth in saves.
In his 30.2 innings pitched opposing batters hit just .217 off him while striking out 42 hitters and walking only nine. In conference action he posted a 0.73 ERA in nine appearances. He tallied all three wins and two saves while surrendering just one run.
Bass tags his first accolade in his first season on the Newberry campus with an honorable mention nod. For the year, Bass hit .326 (44-for-135) with seven doubles, 18 RBIs and 25 runs scored. He was hit by pitch nine times to carry a .410 on-base percentage.
He was also recognized for his glove work on the SAC Gold Glove team. Bass made a midseason transition from centerfield to third base. After making the move on March 14, Bass played every game at the hot corner. In 115 chances he committed just six errors for a .948 fielding percentage, an impressive feat for a newcomer.
Schrenker also adds his first all-SAC honor to his resume after being selected as the honorable mention designated hitter. The junior batted .318 (35-for-110) for the season with four doubles, two triples and five home runs. He crossed the plate 23 times, drove in 18 runs and put up a .527 slugging percentage and a .445 on-base percentage.
Cromer picks up his second honor from the league office in two days as he was the SAC Pitcher of Week for April 21 and is now an honorable mention selection for the second season in row. The senior compiled an 8-3 record with five complete games and two shutouts. He led the SAC in league wins with seven and also had the most complete games and shutouts, all of which came in conference play.
The right-hander totaled a 3.69 ERA in 70.2 innings pitched while striking out 49 batters and holding a 7:1 strikeout to walk ratio. He ranked in the top 15 in the league in ERA, strikeouts, innings pitched and games started.
In the career ranks, Cromer ranks fourth with 18 wins and tied for fifth with six complete games. He is the all-time leader in shutouts with three.
Rosenberger tabs his second all-SAC honor after being named first team in 2013. For the year, he totaled a 2-3 record but recorded a 2.76 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 65.1 innings pitched. He was 10th in innings pitched, fifth in strikeouts, fourth in ERA and sixth in strikeouts per game (10.19). Opposing batters hit just .246 off him for the season.
The senior had eight or more strikeouts in his last five starts, including a 10 strikeout performance against Tusculum for his career high. The right-hander ranks eighth in the scarlet and gray record book with 204 strikeouts in his career.
Kirby takes home his second straight Gold Glove to join Baur as the only Newberry players to have won the award twice. The senior had 42 putouts on the year without an error while hitting .280 at the plate to go along with a .371 on-base percentage.
Triplett becomes the first SAC Coach of the Year winner in Newberry College baseball history. He now sports an overall record of 136-120 while at Newberry and a 76-61 record in league play. The Wolves’ 33 wins this season is the most in recorded Newberry history, dating back through 1981. He has now guided the scarlet and gray to back-to-back 30 win seasons for the first time in recorded school history since 1981. The Wolves also eclipsed the 20 win mark (21) in conference action and finished in the top three in the final SAC standings for the first time since joining the conference in 1997.
The West Columbia native has now coached 23 All-SAC honorees, four all-region selections and has had two players drafted in his five-year tenure. The Wolves have made it to the SAC Tournament in all five years with Triplett at the helm.
Newberry will take the field for the first time in the 2015 SAC Tournament this Friday at McNair Field in Forest City, N.C. The Wolves will take on the highest advancing seed from Thursday’s play in games of Wingate, Anderson or Brevard at 3:45 p.m. Friday afternoon.
2015 SAC Baseball All-Conference Teams
All-SAC First Team
C- Will Albertson, Catawba
1B – Albert Baur, Newberry
2B – Shane Billings, Wingate
SS – Ryan Perkins, Lenoir-Rhyne
3B – Nick Morabito, Lincoln Memorial
OF – Thomas Spitz, Wingate
OF – Blake Houston, Catawba
OF – Brandan Sheridan, Newberry
DH – T.J. Wharton, Catawba
RP – Devan Watts, Tusculum
P – Craig Brooks, Catawba
P – Placido Torres, Tusculum
P – Wesley Camp, Newberry
All-SAC Second Team
C- Kyle Floyd, Lincoln Memorial
1B – Steven Cooper, Anderson
2B – Brantley Rumford, Lenoir-Rhyne
SS – Evan Rogers, Mars Hill
3B – Matthew De la rosa, Lenoir-Rhyne
OF – JoJo Bradley, Newberry
OF – Rayshelon Carolina, Mars Hill
OF – Bo Ausmus, Carson-Newman
DH – Bradley Brown, Wingate
RP – Daniel Nations, Newberry
P – Shafer Shepard, Catawba
P –Vince Apicella, Carson-Newman
P- Jamie Miller, Carson-Newman
C- L.J. Newman, Anderson
1B – Evan Jurjevic, Carson-Newman
2B – Jeovanny Tolentino, Tusculum
SS – Chris Waylock, Tusculum
3B – Jacob Bass, Newberry
OF – Andrew Bowerman, Tusculum
OF – Colby Barnette, Wingate
OF – Sammy Song, Coker
DH – Nolan Schrenker, Newberry
RP – Ryan McClintock, Catawba
P – Cole Cromer, Newberry
P – Hunter Donaldson, Brevard College
P – Jonathan Rosenberger, Newberry
C – Will Albertson, Catawba
P – Craig Brooks, Catawba
1B – Albert Baur, Newberry
2B – Kyle Bailey, Anderson
3B – Jacob Bass, Newberry
SS - Evan Rogers, Mars Hill
LF – Rayshelon Carolina, Mars Hill
CF – Tommy Scala, Mars Hill
RF – Alex Kirby, Newberry
Player of the Year
Will Albertson, Catawba
Pitcher of the Year
Craig Brooks, Catawba
Freshman of the Year
Bradley Brown, Wingate
Coach of the Year
Russell Triplett, Newberry
Team Batting Average – Catawba (.326)
Team Slugging Percentage – Catawba (.529)
Team On-Base Percentage – Newberry (.411)
Team Doubles Per Game – Carson-Newman (2.54)
Team Triples Per Game – Lincoln Memorial (0.38)
Team Home Runs Per Game – Wingate (1.49)
Team RBIs Per Game – Catawba (8.08)
Team Stolen Bases Per Game – Mars Hill (1.87)
Team Earned Run Average – Catawba (2.98)
Tem Strikeouts Per Game – Lenoir-Rhyne (9.8)
Batting Average – Will Albertson, Catawba (.491)
On-Base Percentage – Will Albertson, Catawba (.55)
Slugging Percentage – Will Albertson, Catawba (.939)
Home Runs Per Game – Will Albertson, Catawba (0.45)
RBIs Per Game – Will Albertson, Catawba (1.67)
Runs Scored Per Game – Blake Houston, Catawba (1.54)
Doubles Per Game – Evan Jurjevic, Carson-Newman (0.46)
Triples Per Game – JoJo Bradley, Newberry (0.14)
Stolen Bases Per Game – Tommy Scala, Mars Hill (0.53)
Earned Run Average – Devan Watts, Tusculum (1.50)
Strikeouts Per Nine Innings – Craig Brooks, Catawba (14.34)
Pitching Victories – Craig Brooks, Catawba (8)