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May 20, 2014

TCU’s Preston Morrison named Big 12 Pitcher of the Year

Preston Morrison, who was named the Mountain West Pitcher of the Year as a freshman in 2012, is the first TCU pitcher to twice earn the honor.

TCU’s Preston Morrison was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year on Tuesday by the league’s coaches.

Morrison (8-3) leads the league with a 1.18 ERA and is tied for second in the league with eight wins.

He is the first TCU pitcher to be honored twice as a conference Pitcher of the Year. He was the Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year in 2012.

It’s the sixth time a TCU pitcher has earned the league honor under coach Jim Schlossnagle.

“It just means that I’ve been blessed to pitch like I have and have such a good defense behind me,” Morrison said. “I’ve been so lucky to have all the guys behind me.”

Morrison was joined on the All-Big 12 first team by pitchers Brandon Finnegan and Riley Ferrell and outfielder Boomer White. First baseman Kevin Cron, third baseman Derek Odell and pitcher Tyler Alexander were selected to the second team. Alexander was also on the All-Freshman team.

TCU and Oklahoma State each had seven All-Big 12 players.

Morrison leads the league with three shutouts and is third with 99 1/3 innings pitched and fifth with 70 strikeouts. He has gone at least eight innings in eight of his nine games.

He is also tied for the league lead with four complete games and opponent batting average of .199. In league play, which the voting is based on, Morrison was 5-1 with a league-best 1.14 ERA.

Morrison, a junior, is fifth all-time at TCU with 24 career wins and is third all-time with a career ERA of 1.61. He’s pitched 319 innings in his career, fourth-most all-time at TCU.

All-Big 12 Awards

Player of the Year: Zach Fish, Oklahoma State

Pitcher of the Year: Preston Morrison, TCU

Newcomer of the Year: Adam Kirsch, Texas Tech

Freshman of the Year: Sheldon Neuse, Oklahoma

Coach of the Year: Josh Holliday, Oklahoma State

All-Big 12 First team

Gage Green, C, Oklahoma State; Sheldon Neuse, INF, Oklahoma; Donnie Walton, INF, OSU; Eric Gutierrez, INF, Texas Tech; Tim Proudfoot, INF, Texas Tech; Billy Fleming, INF, West Virginia; Zach Fish, OF, OSU; Boomer White, OF, TCU; Mark Payton, OF, Texas; Bobby Boyd, OF, West Virginia; Adam Kirsch, DH, Texas Tech; Mac James, UTL, Oklahoma; Frank Duncan, RHP, Kansas; Jon Perrin, RHP, OSU; Brandon Finnegan, LHP, TCU; Preston Morrison, RHP, TCU; Josh Michalec, RHP, Baylor; Brendan McCurry, RHP, OSU; Vince Wheeland, RHP, OSU; Riley Ferrell, RHP, TCU.

Second team

Ka’iana Eldredge, C, Kansas; Hunter Redman, C, Texas Tech; Colby Wright, INF, Kansas; Tim Arakawa, INF, OSU; Kevin Cron, INF, TCU; Derek Odell, INF, TCU; Brooks Marlow, INF, Texas; Ryan McBroom, INF, WV; Ross Kivett, UTL, Kansas St.; Craig Aikin, OF, Oklahoma; Michael Suiter, OF, Kansas; Tyler Neslony, OF, Texas Tech; Connor McKay, DH, Kansas; Tyler Alexander, LHP, TCU; Nathan Thornhill, RHP, Texas; Chris Sadberry, LHP, Texas Tech; Harrison Musgrave, LHP, WV; Chad Hollingsworth, RHP, Texas.

TCU’s honorable mention: Kyle Bacak, Dylan Fitzgerald, Garrett Crain, Cody Jones, Keaton Jones.

All-Freshman team

Tyler Alexander, LHP, TCU; Sheldon Neuse, INF/RHP, Oklahoma; Stephen Villines, RPH, Kansas; Blake Battenfield, RHP, OSU; Morgan Cooper, RHP, Texas; Tres Barrera, C, Texas; Austin O’Brien, INF, Oklahoma; Tanner DeVinney, DH, Kansas St.; Zane Gurwitz, INF, Texas; Tyler Buffett, RHP, OSU; Stephen Smith, OF, Texas Tech; Daniel Castano, LHP, Baylor.

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