Pitching Duo Wins SABR Metroplex Award
Aug. 28, 2014
FORT WORTH - The pitching duo of Brandon Finnegan and Preston Morrison were honored with the 2014 Howard Green Metroplex Collegiate Players of the Year Award presented by the DFW Ernie Banks-Bobby Bragan Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research.
Finnegan was drafted 17th overall, highlighting a season in which he earned second team All-America honors, went 9-3 overall with 134 strikeouts and 11.4 strikeouts every nine innings for third place in NCAA national individual stats.
He notched a 2.04 earned run average, and had seven games with at least 10 strikeouts. He also limited Frog foes to a .204 batting average while posting 11 quality starts and earning first team All-Big 12 Conference honors. The ABCA first team All-Midwest Region pitcher also helped the team to a 13-4 mark in his 17 starts and was 5-1 with a 2.70 ERA in his seven Big 12 regular-season starts.
Morrison was a consensus second team All-America as a junior and 2014 Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year. The first team ABCA All-Midwest Region pitcher also was first team Academic All-Big 12 and a three-time Phillips 66 Big 12 Pitcher of the Week.
His 1.32 ERA was ninth nationally as he registered a school-season-record 129 2/3 innings pitched while striking out 95 hitters and allowing just 21 walks. Morrison was 9-4 overall after working 7 1/3 innings with 10 strikeouts in his NCAA World Series debut against Texas Tech in June. He also led the Horned Frogs in complete games with five and was the starter in five of TCU's Big 12-record and nation-leading 14 team shutouts last season. Morrison had 15 quality starts in 18 outings and worked into the seventh inning on 13 occasions.
The duo join former Horned Frogs Scott Malone (1993), Royce Huffman (1998), Terry Trofholz (2002), Clayton Jerome (2003), Lance Broadway (2005), Sam Demel (2007) and Matt Purke (2010) as recipients of the award.