Morris Named Finalist for National Award

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. Kansas State junior right-hander A.J. Morris has been named a finalist for the College Baseball Foundation National Pitcher of the Year Award, the organization has announced.

Morris, a redshirt junior from Humble, Texas, is one of five finalists for the national award. The 2009 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, Morris picked up his 13th victory of the season on Thursday against Baylor in the Big 12 Championship to extend his single-season school record and move into a tie for fifth in single season wins in Big 12 history.

Morris’ 13th victory this season moved Kansas State to 2-0 in Pool 1 play at the 2009 Big 12 Championship on Thursday. The Humble, Texas, product allowed four runs on nine hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in 6.2 innings of work to earn his second victory against the Bears this season.

This season, Morris holds a 13-1 record and a 1.84 ERA, which leads the Big 12 in both categories. The right-hander also leads the conference in innings pitched (107.1), games started (15), is second in complete games (four) and third in strikeouts (98).

“These pitchers have put up some staggering numbers this season,” said Landon Holly, Pitcher of the Year Award Chairman. “There have been many quality pitching performances this season, but these players stand out.”

The CBF, the Dick Howser Trophy Committee and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association will announce the recipients of the 2009 baseball awards as well as the Dick Howser Trophy finalists on June 13 in Omaha, Neb., at the start of the College World Series.

The Pitcher of the Year Award officially will be presented on July 2 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of the College Baseball Awards Show, which will recognize the top players in college baseball.