TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona baseball player Kevin Newman became the first player ever to win consecutive batting titles in the Cape Cod Baseball League, securing the honor with a pair of base hits for the Falmouth Commodores on Tuesday evening.
Newman, who was the first freshman to win the batting title crown with a .375 average last season, returned to hit .380 over 31 regular season games this year for the Commodores. His 46-for-121 clip at the plate included seven doubles and a home run, and led to 20 runs scored and 20 more batted in. He also stole 10 bases, drew 18 walks and struck out only nine times.
A native of Poway, Calif., Newman missed the first 11 games of the Cape Cod Baseball League season as he was invited to try out for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. Ultimately, Newman was left off the roster, but bounced back with his second-straight All-Star season in the prestigious wooden bat summer league.
The shortstop was joined by two Arizona teammates – pitcher Nathan Bannister and infielder/outfielder Scott Kingery – in last month’s Cape Cod League All-Star game. Infielder/pitcher Bobby Dalbec also participated in the home run derby at the event.
In two season for the Wildcats, Newman has started all 110 games of his career at shortstop with a .320 batting average. He has 143 base hits in his career while drawing more walks (37) than strikeouts (33). He has been named to the Pac-12 All-Conference team in each of his first seasons at Arizona.
Newman will lead the Commodores into the Cape Cod Baseball League playoffs starting tomorrow night. Falmouth is the second-seeded team from the West Division. A best-of-three series against third-seeded Hyannis is slated to begin at 6:30 (EDT) on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Falmouth.
Here’s a look at how other Wildcats fared this season in the Cape Cod Baseball League (all stats through end of regular season):
RHP Nathan Bannister (Orleans Firebirds)
4-1, 2.37 ERA, 30.1 IP, 21 K, 5 BB, 21 H in 7 appearances
INF Willie Calhoun (Wareham Gatemen)
.245 (34-139), 12 2B, 12 RBI, 22 R, 2 SB in 35 games played
INF/RHP Bobby Dalbec (Orleans Firebirds)
.228 (21-92), 3 2B, 5 HR, 18 RBI, 14 R in 29 games played
1-0, 1 SV, 1.31 ERA, 13.2 IP, 16 K, 4 BB, 13 H in 11 appearances
OF Zach Gibbons (Brewster Whitecaps)
.259 (21-81), 2 2B, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 15 R, 1 SB in 26 games played
INF/OF Scott Kingery (Brewster Whitecaps)
.312 (39-125), 5 2B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 14 R, 5 SB in 33 games played
LHP Cody Moffett (Orleans Firebirds)
0-0, 2.25 ERA, 24.0 IP, 16 K, 2 BB, 21 H in 13 appearances
RHP Tyger Talley (Brewster Whitecaps)
1-1, 1 SV, 3.21 ERA, 14.0 IP, 7 K, 3BB, 14 H in four appearances