Purke Named Freshman Pitcher of the Year
June 9, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU freshman left-handed pitcher Matt Purke has been named the Louisville Slugger Freshman Pitcher of the Year. He is the first Horned Frog to garner a national player of the year award. Josh Elander was also tabbed a Freshman All-American by the publication.
Purke has enjoyed a breakout season as a freshman, ranking among the top three nationally with a 13-0 record. The 13 victories are third-most in school history. He has made 17 appearances this season, started 15 games and has one complete game to his resume. In 95 1/3 innings pitched, Purke has fanned 122 batters while walking just 27. He has a 3.40 ERA and is limiting opponents to a .226 batting average against.
The freshman has tallied numerous honors this season, including Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year accolades. He was named first-team all-conference and was twice the conference Pitcher of the Week. Louisville Slugger also tabbed Purke a second-team All-American this season. He is also one of 10 semifinalists for the NCBWA Pitcher of the Year award that will be given on July 2.
Elander had a dominating start to his collegiate career, hitting .800 in his first three career games. He has appeared in 54 games this season and made 49 starts. Splitting time between right field and as the designated hitter, Elander ranks third on the squad with a .366 batting average. Of his 68 base hits, he has 16 doubles, four triples and two home runs. He has collected 33 RBIs and swiped 11 bases this season.
The pair are the first freshmen All-Americans since Sean Hoelscher and Trent Appleby were selected in 2008. Since Jim Schlossnagle arrived in 2004, he has produced nine freshmen All-Americans. Chad Huffman, Shelby Ford and German Duran were honored in 2004, while Matt McGuirk and Andrew Walker received freshmen All-American accolades in 2005.