LJ Newman | #3 | C
Hometown: Piedmont, S.C.
Previous School: USC Upstate/Wren H.S.
Named to the South Atlantic Conference Honorable Mention list at the conclusion of the regular season … After the conference tournament, Newman ranked fifth in the conference in doubles (18), sixth in hits (74) and seventh in home runs (9) … Recorded 121 total bases, which placed him sixth in the SAC … Closed the year with a .381 (74-for-194) batting average and a .624 slugging percentage … Rounded out the season with a .435 on-base percentage … Defensively, Newman threw out 14 runners from behind the plate, which led the conference … Responsible for 195 putouts … Finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a double in AU’s 7-1 victory over Newberry (2/6) … Tallied a 3-for-5 performance with a pair of doubles and two runs scored in a 13-12 marathon win over North Greenville (2/11) … Posted a multi-hit game streak of six straight contests from March 4-11 where he was 15-for-25 (.600) with eight runs scored and eighth RBI … Finished 3-for-5 with a double in a 7-6 setback to Newberry (3/24) … Claimed a 3-for-4 afternoon with two RBI and a run scored in a 18-0 rout over Lenoir-Rhyne (4/11) … Clubbed two home runs in the regular-season finale over Southern Wesleyan (4/21).
Started in 27 games … Closed the year with a .239 (21-for-88) batting average … Made three appearances on the mound with a single start against Lincoln Memorial (4/12) … Ended the season on the hill with a 4.50 ERA in four innings pitched … Went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored in the season opener against UNC Pembroke (2/1) … Finished a perfect 2-for-2 against Coker (3/1) … Tallied a perfect 3-for-3 performance with two doubles in a narrow 8-7 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (4/5) … Went 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run at Lander (4/16) … Finished the season with a 3-for-6 day with two doubles against Tusculum at the South Atlantic Conference Tournament (4/25).