(Fairfield, CT) – Former Sacred Heart University pitcher Matt Fitton has signed a professional contract with the Newark Bears of the Independent Can-Am League.
Fitton, a 6-9 left-handed pitcher from Lebanon, CT, graduated this May after playing four years for the Pioneers. As a captain on this past season's 2011 Northeast Conference championship team, he led Sacred Heart with 20 appearances. He finished the season 2-2 with a 4.20 ERA, striking out 32 batters in 45.0 innings.
Fitton made his debut Monday, June 20 with the Bears against Worcester and pitched a scoreless 1.1 innings of relief, striking out three with a hit and a walk allowed. He closed out his collegiate career in impressive fashion in the NCAA Clemson Regional, allowing just one run in 5.2 innings of relief against the Clemson Tigers on June 3.
Fitton will play for former Major League star outfielder Tim Raines, who manages the Bears. Other former big leaguers on his new team include Tim Raines, Jr. (outfield), Daryl Ward (infield), Jim Leyritz (third base coach), and Ron Karkovice (assistant coach).