Eight Frogs Honored By The Big 12
May 21, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY - Eight members of the TCU baseball team were honored by the Big 12 coaches as all-conference performers. Jantzen Witte was named Big 12 Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Preston Morrison was TCU's lone representative on the first-team, while Witte and Alex Young earned second-team recognition. Brandon Finnegan, Paul Hendrix and Boomer White were named honorable mention All-Big 12. A trio of Horned Frogs were named to the 12-man All-Freshman squad. Young, White and Riley Ferrell were selected to the team.
Witte was honored as the Co-Big 12 Scholar Athlete of the Year, sharing the honor with Kansas State's Jared King. The award goes to an upperclassman who boasts a GPA of 3.2 or higher and has competed in at least 60% of the team's contests. Witte is the Frogs' second leading hitter in league play with a .307 average to go along with 13 RBIs. On the season, Witte is hitting .276 with a team-leading 33 RBIs.
Morrison, who is 7-3 on the year, led the Big 12 with his 1.22 ERA in a league-leading 103 1/3 innings pitched spanning 14 starts this season. The sophomore was just as good in Big 12 play, posting a 4-2 record to go along with a 1.23 ERA in 58 1/3 innings pitched.
Young is one of four athletes in the league to earn a first- or second-team all-conference selection as well as a spot on the All-Freshman team. He has had an outstanding start to his career, posting a 7-4 record to go along with a team-leading five saves. In 38 2/3 innings pitched, he has a 2.09 ERA with 36 strikeouts. In league play, Young made 11 appearances with a 2.16 ERA in 16 2/3 innings pitched. He was 4-3 with two saves.
White leads the team with a .326 average and 13 doubles and has played in 50 of the team's 54 games. In conference play, White started all 24 games and hit .286 with five doubles and 11 RBIs.
Hendrix, a .274 hitter this season, has started 23 league games and ranks third on the team with a .289 batting average. He hit six doubles, one triple and two home runs in conference play, while leading the team with 17 RBIs.
Finnegan has posted a 2.90 ERA in 15 appearances this season. He paces the team with two complete games and leads the team with 86 strikeouts in 77 2/3 innings pitched. In league play, Finnegan ranks eighth with a 2.08 ERA in eight starts. He has 58 punchouts in 47 2/3 innings pitched.
Ferrell has appeared in 22 games this season for the Horned Frogs and is 0-2 with three saves while posting a 2.27 ERA. In 31 2/3 innings pitched, he has fanned 38. The freshman made 10 appearances in league games, posting a 1.76 ERA to go along with two saves.