UU’s Brown, Barea, West named to All-MEC team


BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. – The Mountain East Conference announced its top individual award winners, along with the all-conference teams, on Wednesday. Three UU Blue Knight infielders were tabbed All-MEC performers, including junior Damario Brown (Laurel, Miss./West Jones HS), junior Brent West (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee HS) and sophomore Mickey Barea (Battle Creek, Mich./Harper Creek HS).

Brown, who was voted all-league at second base, started 47 of the team’s 48 games while batting .331 at the plate. One of the top hitting left-handed hitters in the league, Brown was tabbed MEC Player of the Week once this season following a career best 4-for-4 outing with six RBIs in a game at Fairmont State. He led the Blue Knights with 29 RBIs in MEC play, while finishing the spring with seven doubles, two home runs, 34 RBIs and 32 runs scored.

West completed his first season as a Blue Knight, starting all 48 games and earning all-league distinction as a utility player. He started 25 games at first base, 22 at catcher and one game in the outfield. West hit primarily in the third and fourth spots in the UU lineup, hitting .345 with two home runs, 14 doubles, 29 RBIs and team-high 39 runs scored. He earned MEC Player of the Week early in the season after a solid series at Kentucky State, but his best performance, arguably, came against Ohio Valley on April 6 when he hit both of his home runs. He was the only Blue Knight to homer twice in a game this season.

Barea, a career .360 hitter, picked up his second all-conference honor after being named a first-teamer in 2015. The sophomore started 44 games and proved to be one of the most consistent bats in the Blue Knight lineup, hitting .361 with three doubles and 25 RBIs. He finished with 14 multi-hit contests this spring, including a career best 4-for-5 outing and series-clinching hit against West Liberty.

Shepherd’s Tre Porter took home Player of the Year honors, and teammate Sam Crater earned Pitcher of the Year accolades. Concord’s Trevor Wiersma was tabbed as the MEC Freshman of the Year, while West Virginia State’s Sean Loyd was selected as the league’s Coach of the Year.

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