MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The top closer in Georgia College & State University history, former pitcher Michael Newman (2005-08) has signed a deal with the River City Rascals, a team in the Independent Frontier League.
Newman was all but lights out in his stellar four-year career with the Bobcats, earning Daktronics All-Region honors in 2008 and 2007, as well as ABCA All-Region in 2007. A two-time All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) pitcher, Newman finished his career at 30-9 with 23 saves and a 2.42 ERA. He also amassed 179 strikeouts in his 234 innings. Always a rubber-arm, Newman snapped the NCAA Division II mark for appearances in 2008 and finished with 118 for his career.
"My time at Georgia College was a lot of hard work," revealed Newman. "It helped get my body to perform and prepare me mentally. The coaching staff helped develop me as a better pitcher, to compete at higher level. The teams we played, and the caliber of players we faced helped make me a better pitcher."
Over his career, he set the school marks for saves and appearances, as well as the individual-season marks in both saves (10) and appearances (41). He also places third in career wins and fifth in ERA in GCSU history.
Newman joins the Rascals, a squad that finished fifth in the Frontier League West Division in 2008. Fellow Bobcat alum Brandon Anderson (2006-07) played for the North Division leaders the Kalamazoo Kings, but has accepted an assistant coaching job at Temple University.
The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 NCAA Division II athletic programs over three seasons. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Follow the Bobcats and their positive impact on the Milledgeville community at www.gcsu.edu/bobcats.