Morris Picks Up Three More Honors

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State junior pitcher A.J. Morris earned three more postseason accolades on Thursday as he was named a First Team All-American by and PING!Baseball, as well as being named a First Team American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Midwest Region pick.


The two all-American distinctions push Morris’ total to four after being honored by Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), while he becomes the second player in the last three seasons to earn ABCA All-Region honors after former Wildcat Daniel Edwards was a second-team selection in 2007 and 2008.


Morris was joined on the team by the organization’s National Pitcher of the Year Stephen Strasburg (San Diego State), as well as starting pitchers Mike Leake (Arizona State) and Louis Coleman (LSU).


The quartet also made up four of the eight pitchers named to Ping!Baseball’s All-American team. Ryan Berry (Rice), Daniel Bibona (UC Irvine), Alex Wimmers (Ohio State) and Kyle Gibson (Missouri) were also named first-team pitchers.


Morris became the first player since Pat Maloney in 2002 to earn First Team All-Midwest Region honors, while he is the first starting pitcher in school history to earn the nod from the ABCA.


With Morris’ selection to the first team, the junior will now be considered for ABCA All-America honors when the committee meets this week in Omaha, Neb., during the 2009 College World Series.