32 Cole Gnetz
The RedHawks open the season on the road at Arkansas on Friday at 4 p.m.
Right-hander becomes first MU pitcher to earn the honor since 2005.
The RedHawks will play Western Michigan at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Gary Russo, Ross Haffey, Cole Gnetz and Steve Sada were all honored at an awards ceremony at All Pro Freight Stadium.
The RedHawks finish the regular season with a 14-10 mark in conference play and earn the tiebreaker over Northern Illinois for the No. 3 spot in next week's tournament.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Cretin-Derham Hall High School … lettered twice in baseball and three times in hockey … named to the Play Ball! Minnesota All-Star game and played for the Metro East team … as a senior, tossed 57 innings while striking out 65 and posted a .98 ERA … also hit .380 with 22 RBI … 2015: All-Conference selection, Second Team All-State and finished as the runner-up for the Pioneer Press East Metro Player of the Year … All-Conference Honorable Mention as a junior … prep coach was Paul Weinberg.
PERSONAL: Full name – Cole Michael Gnetz … Born: Oct. 2, 1996 … son of Julie and Chris Gnetz … has four siblings … father, Chris, played baseball at Texas Lutheran University … majoring in University Studies.