Morris Garners Co-Pitcher of the Week Honors

MANHATTAN, Kan. Following a complete game against No. 8 Baylor on Friday, Kansas State junior starting pitcher A.J. Morris has been named Phillips 66 Big 12 Co-Pitcher of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.


Morris shared the honor with Texas A&M relief pitcher Nick Fleece.


The distinction is the first in Morris’ career and the first conference honor by a Wildcat this season. Last season, Kansas State had two Big 12 Pitchers of the Week as current starting pitcher Lance Hoge was honored on March 31, while former right-hander Brad Hutt earned the distinction on April 28.


Morris picked up his seventh win in as many tries on Friday night at Baylor, leading the Cats to their first win in Waco since 1966, breaking an 18-game losing streak at Baylor since the beginning of Big 12 play. The junior struck out 10 Baylor batters, the second straight week he collected at least 10 strikeouts after a 12-strikeout performance last week against Oklahoma.


Morris, who led the Big 12 in ERA entering the weekend at 0.48, kept the league lead as he lowered his ERA to 0.39. Morris concluded the weekend tied for first in wins (7), second in opponent batting average (.163) and innings pitched (46.1), while he was fifth in strikeouts (49).


With the victory, the Humble, Texas, product is now tied for eighth in school history for wins in a season, as he is just two victories away from tying the school record. It was also Morris’ 15th career win, tying him for seventh in K-State history.


Kansas State returns to action this Wednesday as the Wildcats travel to Omaha, Neb., to face Creighton. First pitch Wednesday is set for 6 p.m. at Rosenblatt Stadium and the game will be televised by CBS College Sports.