ABCA Names Morris an All-American

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State’s A.J. Morris earned his sixth first team all-American honor on Wednesday as the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) announced its all-American teams.


Morris, who finished the season as the school’s single-season record holder for wins (14), strikeouts (100), innings pitched (116.1) and games started (16), is the first Wildcat since Jack Woolsey in 1968 to be named an ABCA First Team All-American. Last season, the organization named K-State relief pitcher Daniel Edwards to the third team.


The 2009 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, Morris is a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, which honors the top amateur baseball player in the country. The junior, who was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the MLB Draft last week, was also a finalist for the College Baseball Foundation’s National Pitcher of the Year Award and a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy.


Morris was joined by starting pitchers Eric Arnett (Indiana), Louis Coleman (LSU), Mike Leake (Arizona State) and Stephen Strasburg (San Diego State) as first-team starting pitchers, while he was the only player from the Big 12 Conference on the first team.