ST. PAUL – Five UMN Morris baseball student-athletes have been honored with postseason awards from the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC), as announced by the conference office Tuesday.

For the Cougars, Blaise Fairbanks and Joe Wehr were tabbed with First Team All-UMAC honors, Michael Head and Mack O’Neil were named UMAC Honorable Mention, and Thomas Eckstein represented Minnesota Morris on the Sportsmanship Award list.

Fairbanks, a senior first baseman, finished fourth in the UMAC in batting average with a mark of .410. In 2019, Fairbanks played in 28 games, which included 26 starts, tallied 41 hits, hit four home runs, eight doubles, and drove in 30 runs.

Wehr, a junior pitcher, pitched 34.2 innings, struck out 42 batters, allowed just 12 walks and 14 earned runs. On the year, Wehr finished with a record of 3-2 and tallied one save.

Head, a junior pitcher, pitched 39.0 innings in 2019. On the year, Head struck out 32 batters and allowed 18 walks.

O’Neil, a sophomore outfielder, appeared in 29 games, which included 27 starts. In 2019, O’Neil hit .340, drove in 17 runs, drew five walks, recorded 34 hits, which included six doubles.

Eckstein, a senior pitcher/outfielder, appeared in the UMN Morris batting order 24 times and pitched 22.1 innings. On the mound for the Cougars, Eckstein struck out 11 batters and walked just six batters.


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