Morrison, Alexander Honored by Big 12
May 5, 2014
FORT WORTH - Preston Morrison and Tyler Alexander have been honored by the Big 12 for their performances this past weekend in TCU's sweep of Kansas State. Morrison, the Pitcher of the Week, earns his second honor of the season, while Alexander, the Newcomer of the Week, earns his first accolade.
Morrison earns his second career Pitcher of the Week award after claiming the honor on April 7 of this season. It marks the Horned Frogs' fourth Pitcher of the Week selection in 2014. With Morrison and Alexander's honors this week, TCU hurlers have now collected six weekly awards on the year between the Pitcher and Newcomer categories. TCU has eight weekly awards this season after just one in 2013. The Frogs are the only team to have earned two of the three awards in the same week this season and have done so on three occasions - April 7, April 21 and May 5.
Morrison tossed his second consecutive complete game shutout last Friday night - his first start of the season in the first game of the series. Despite allowing seven hits in the game, the junior didn't allow a Wildcat runner to reach third base and never faced more than four batters in an inning. He finished the night with one walk allowed and seven strikeouts. He faced just one jam in the game, that coming in the seventh inning, as the first two hitters reached base. He got a strikeout, a caught stealing and a foul out to get out of the jam.
Morrison has not allowed a run in his last 26.2 innings pitched and has surrendered just two runs in his last 48 innings pitched. He leads the Big 12 in ERA and is tied for the league lead in wins with a 7-3 record this year. His three shutouts and four complete games are also first in the league.
In Saturday's start, Alexander (6-3) gave up a solo home run to Ross Kivett on the second pitch of the game, but that was all he would surrender as he matched his career-high with seven innings pitched. The freshman surrendered just four hits and struck out five, while allowing just five total base runners. Outside of the home run by Kivett, only one runner advanced to second base and none to third. In four of the seven innings he pitched, the Southlake, Texas, product retired the side in order. He faced just three batters over the minimum through seven innings of work.