Posted: May 29, 2015
NORMAL, Ill.--Everything is normal for former Western New England University pitching standout Kevin Jefferis (Cheshire, Conn.)--except for playing baseball surrounded by corn fields in America's Midwest. But for the right-hander who graduated in 2013 with a degree in sport management, Jefferis is enjoying a solid career as a professional much like he did when he played collegiately for the Golden Bears from 2010 to 2013.
Jefferis is signed with the Normal CornBelters of the Frontier League this summer. Formed in 1993, the league is the nation's oldest current independent baseball organization with no affiliation with teams in the Majors and Minors. The Frontier League has produced several Major League Baseball talent and players come from all NCAA divisions, the NAIA and junior college ranks.
Just two weeks into the season, the CornBelters are 8-4 and three games back of first place Rockford in the West Division, heading into tonight's game at Florence against the Freedom. Jefferis is performing well on the mound, compiling a 1.92 earned-run average and 14 strikeouts in 9-1/3 innings over four appearances. He has a 1-0 record, plus a save, and opponents are batting just .147 against him.
In his season debut on May 16 at the River City Rascals, he threw two scoreless innings to get the victory (5-4). Jefferis had a season-high six strikeouts while recording a save during a 4-3 win versus the Washington Wild Things a week later.
During his four-year career with the Golden Bears, Jefferis put together a 14-8 record with 156 strikeouts in 189-1/3 innings of work, mostly as a starter. When he was a senior, the team needed a closer and he responded by posting the third-most saves in a WNE single season with six and his 13.12 strikeout per 9 innings ratio is also third in team history. His WNE career ranks include tied for second in saves (7) and fifth in appearances (54).