Studer named to All-UMAC team
ST. PAUL – Four University of Northwestern baseball players were named to Monday's release of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) postseason awards. The Eagles, who finished third in the league's regular season standings, made a big splash with the team's captain, Andy Peterson (Rogers, Minn./Rogers), being named both the conference player and co-pitcher of the year.
Peterson and Tyler Osborn (Des Moines, Iowa/Des Moines Christian) were selected to the All-UMAC First Team, while seniors Andy Haagenson (Minneapolis, Minn./Henry Sibley) and TJ Studer (Perham, Minn/Perham) were honorable mention all-conference honorees. Peterson, who pitched with a partially torn labrum in his hip all season and was UNW's designated hitter when not on the mound, went out with a bang. In the batter's box, Peterson was fourth in the UMAC in doubles (8) while also posting top-10 marks in both batting average (.389) and slugging percentage (.537). On the hill, Peterson led the league in earned run average (ERA) (0.81) while also owning top tier marks in saves (1), wins (3), and strikeouts per game (7.66). All statistics are from the team's 21 UMAC games this season. 2014 was the third straight first team all-conference award for Peterson, who shared the UMAC Pitcher of the Year award with Martin Luther College's Jacob Ziel.
Osborn turned heads in his first year wearing a Northwestern uniform. The first-year Eagle, who nearly started every game in right field, was among the league's top 10 in nearly every offensive category with 29 hits and 26 runs scored. Osborn's 48 total bases was third best, while his .578 slugging percentage was third.
Haagenson, Northwestern's everyday shortstop, scored the most runs of any UMAC player (28) while tallying seven doubles (fifth) and 29 overall hits (seventh) in conference games. Studer, who slid into UNW's starting rotation on the mound this season, made six UMAC starts with four of them resulting in wins. In over 39 innings pitched, Studer allowed 23 earned runs while striking out 6.18 batters per game. Both Haagenson and Studer were all-conference selections for the first time in 2014.
In addition to its all-conference honorees, the entire Northwestern squad was honored with the UMAC Team Sportsmanship Award, an accolade that is voted on by the league coaches for the team that best demonstrates sportsmanship throughout the entire season. Each of the eight UMAC schools also has an individual sportsmanship award winner, with UNW's representative being Peterson.
As a team, Northwestern went 20-19 overall in 2014 while compiling a 14-7 record against UMAC teams. The Eagles finished the season in the conference tournament championship game for the third consecutive year. It is head coach Dave Hieb's sixth 20-win season since 2003.
Story courtesy UNWSP Athletics.