The George Mason University community mourns the death of student-athlete Sang Ho Baek, a pitcher for the University of Fairfax baseball team in Virginia.
The 20-year-old from Seoul who grew up partly in Salisbury, Md., Died on June 12, the school said.
“We are devastated by Sang’s passing,” George Mason head baseball coach Bill Brown said in a statement. “Sang was an incredible teammate who was loved by everyone associated with Mason baseball. “
A funeral home that has a service scheduled for Baek on June 26, said in an article on its website that he died “suddenly from complications from surgery.”
His teammate Scott Morgan said on a GoFundMe page for Baek’s family that Baek died of complications after surgery on Tommy John, common for baseball pitchers. The procedure basically repairs a torn ligament on the inside of the elbow.
Baek, who played seven games in the spring season, graduated last year from James M. Bennett High School in Md., Where he helped the school win the state championship in 2019.
Holloway Funeral Home said he attended the Korean Presbyterian Church and went on a mission to Nicaragua in 2018 to help build homes for the country’s natives.
“He especially liked his mother’s Korean cuisine,” the household said.
He is survived by his parents and sister, as well as several relatives who are in South Korea.