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WSU gets MVC Newcomer of the Year

Northern Iowa outfielder Travis Bennett has told Wichita State coaches he will transfer to WSU and play for the Shockers next season. He will be a senior and be eligible to play right away because UNI is dropping the sport.

WSU coaches were interested in Bennett before a series at UNI in late April. They got a closer look in that two-game series and liked what they saw. Bennett went 4 for 10 with three RBI, batting third and playing left field. He talked with coach Gene Stephenson after the game.

Bennett, from Cedar Rapids, led the Panthers with 43 RBI, a .338 batting average and a .490 slugging percentage. He earned MVC Newcomer of the Year honors on Monday.

“I’m excited,” he said. “I know their fans are great. That kind of stuff gets me pumped up to play. Right now, I’m used to 50-100 fans on the weekend.”