Baur caps off career with ABCA All-America honors


Baur caps off career with ABCA All-America honors
Monday, May 25, 2015 | by Chas Goodwin, Athletic Communications Assistant

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Newberry College first baseman Albert Baur caps off a magnificent career with second team All-America honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and Rawlings, as announced by the publication Monday morning.  

The Philadelphia, Pa., native became Newberry’s first baseball All-American in the institution’s Division II era last week. With the ABCA award, Baur completes the trifecta of All-America laurels after being named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) second team and the Daktronics first team last week. He becomes the first player in Newberry history to be named an All-American by each of the three publications.

Baur is the third All-American in the school’s history, following NAIA selections Tim Cook (1977) and Johnny Harbin (1971 and 1972). Both Cook and Harbin were selected in the MLB draft, Cook in the fifth round by the Brewers in 1978 and Harbin in the first round by the Dodgers in 1972.

The first team All-South Atlantic Conference selection was a consensus first team all-region selection from the NCBWA, Daktronics and the ABCA, the only player in school history to be named first team by each publication in a single year. 

He led the Wolves to their most prolific season in recent history, leading them to 34 wins - the most since 1977 - and 21 wins in South Atlantic Conference action, the first time Newberry has eclipsed the 20-win mark since joining the league since 1997. In his tenure, Baur led the scarlet and gray to 113 victories, the most by any player in a four year career dating back through 1982. 

Baur hit .427 (88-for-206) for the season with 24 doubles, 16 home runs, 59 RBIs and 54 runs scored. He slugged .796 while reaching base at a .510 clip en route to setting the single season Newberry records for hits, doubles, total bases, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.  

In the South Atlantic Conference standings, Baur placed in the top six in hits, runs, doubles, home runs, RBIs, total bases, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. His batting average, doubles, hits, home runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and total bases also ranked in the top 20 in all of NCAA Division II. 

Throughout the course of the season, Baur totaled 28 games with multiple hits, including 12 with three or more hits and three with five or more. He blasted two home runs in the same game four times in 2015. He had the longest hitting streak for Newberry this season with 11 games and the second longest streak of reaching base with 29 consecutive contests. Baur also tabbed 14 match ups with two or more RBIs, seven of which came with four or more. 

His best game of the season came against Limestone on February 18 when he went 5-for-5, hitting for the cycle with two home runs, seven RBIs and crossed the plate five times. He tagged five hits in six trips to the plate against Catawba on February 27 with another pair of home runs and four RBIs. In the first game of the series at Lenoir-Rhyne on April 3, he was 5-for-5 with two home runs, just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle for the second time in the season. 

The left-handed hitter caps off an illustrious career and leaves Newberry as the most decorated player in program history. Baur compiled a .353 career batting average (284-for-805) with 66 doubles, 29 home runs, 196 RBIs and scored 150 times. He donned the Wolves uniform 203 times in his tenure, making 200 starts, setting the Newberry standard in nearly every statistical category. 

Baur leaves the program holding the all-time records for games played, games started, at bats, hits, doubles, RBIs, total bases, intentional walks, defensive putouts, defensive chances and double plays turned. His batting average, slugging percentage, runs scored, home runs and walks also rank in the top 10 in Newberry history. 

Baur joins four other players from the South Atlantic Conference on the ABCA All-America team, including the Pitcher of the Year in Catawba’s Craig Brooks and the Position Player of the Year in Catawba catcher Will Albertson. Brooks was also named the 2015 ABCA/Rawlings Gold Bat Award as the National Player of the Year. Baur was joined on the second team by Wingate’s Shane Billings (2B) and Thomas Spitz (OF). 

2015 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA DIVISION II ALL-AMERICA TEAMS

2015 ABCA/Rawlings Gold Bat Award - National Player of the Year

Craig Brooks, Sr., P, Catawba

 

2015 ABCA/Rawlings All-America Teams

NCAA Div. II All-America First Team

Pos.

Player

Cl.

School

State

C

Will Albertson

Jr.

Catawba

NC

1B

Ryan Uhl

Sr.

Indiana University of Penn.

PA

2B

Stephen James

Sr.

Ashland

OH

3B

Nick Sell

Sr.

Seton Hill

PA

SS

Paxton DeLaGarza

Jr.

Angelo State

TX

INF

Collins Cuthrell

Sr.

UNC Pembroke

NC

OF

Adam Urbania

Sr.

Slippery Rock

PA

OF

Jason Morozowski

Jr.

Mount Olive

NC

OF

Jhalan Jackson

Jr.

Florida Southern

FL

OF

Justin Garcia

Jr.

Nova Southeastern

FL

DH

Jesse Rall

Jr.

Missouri Southern

MO

P

Brendan O'Rourke

Sr.

Franklin Pierce

NH

P

Reese Gregory

Jr.

St. Cloud State

MN

P

Craig Brooks

Sr.

Catawba

NC

P

Ryan Olson

So.

Cal Poly Pomona

CA

RP

Nick Vanthillo

Jr.

Henderson State

AR

 

NCAA Div. II All-America Second Team

Pos.

Player

Cl.

School

State

C

Austin Allen

Jr.

Florida Institute of Technology

FL

1B

Albert Baur

Sr.

Newberry

SC

2B

Shane Billings

So.

Wingate

NC

3B

Hunter Newman

So.

Trevecca Nazarene

TN

SS

Daniel Martin

Jr.

Azusa Pacific

CA

INF

Dean Long

Sr.

Emporia State

KS

OF

Justin Harris

Sr.

Emporia State

KS

OF

Kamran Young

Sr.

Cal State Dominguez Hills

CA

OF

Thomas Spitz

Sr.

Wingate

NC

OF

Kyle Garlick

Sr.

Cal Poly Pomona

CA

DH

Troy Paris

Jr.

Kentucky Wesleyan

KY

P

Miles Sheehan

Jr.

Franklin Pierce

NH

P

Steve Naemark

Jr.

Angelo State

TX

P

Justin Donatella

Jr.

UC San Diego

CA

P

Chris Murphy

Sr.

Millersville

PA

RP

Tyler Fries

Sr.

Wilmington

DE

 

NCAA Div. II All-America Third Team

Pos.

Player

Cl.

School

State

C

Michael Jurgella

Sr.

St. Cloud State

MN

1B

Tanner Rainey

Sr.

West Alabama

AL

2B

Hayden Jones

Jr.

Valdosta State

GA

3B

Jay Jabs

So.

Franklin Pierce

NH

SS

Brandon Overstreet

Sr.

Erskine

SC

INF

Giovanny Alfonzo

Sr.

Tampa

FL

INF

Dan Stoltzfus

Jr.

Millersville

PA

OF

Mick Fennell

Jr.

California (PA)

PA

OF

Sam Goines

Sr.

Wilmington

DE

OF

Alex Fife

Jr.

Colorado Mesa

CO

OF

Chandler Brock

Sr.

Alabama Huntsville

AL

OF

Jake Sandlin

Jr.

Georgia College

GA

DH

Chris LaVorgna

So.

Franklin Pierce

NH

P

Jamie Treml

Sr.

Wilmington

DE

P

Matt McClain

Sr.

St. Mary's

TX

P

Fernando Gonzalez

Sr.

West Alabama

AL

P

Ryan Colegate

Jr.

Ohio Dominican

OH

P

Brandon Nagem

Jr.

West Florida

FL

RP

Austin Simokaitis

Jr.

Missouri-St. Louis

MO

 

Gold Bat Award - Player of the Year: Craig Brooks, Sr., P, Catawba

Position Player of the Year: Will Albertson, Jr., C, Catawba

Pitcher of the Year: Craig Brooks, Sr., Catawba

 

2015 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. II Gold Glove Team

NCAA Div. II Gold Glove Team

Pos.

Player

Cl.

School

State

C

Michael Jurgella

Sr.

St. Cloud State

MN

1B

Nick Pate

Jr.

Fresno Pacific

CA

2B

Dylan Cook

Jr.

Georgia College

GA

3B

Chris Dennis

Sr.

Florida Southern

FL

SS

John Ascenzia

Sr.

Bridgeport

CT

OF

Casey Scoggins

Jr.

Tampa

FL

OF

Jamie Potts

Sr.

Grand Valley State

MI

OF

Jason Morozowski

Jr.

Mount Olive

NC

P

Collin Sherrod

Jr.

St. Edwards

TX

 

Defensive Player of the Year: Casey Scoggins, Jr., OF, Tampa