TCU pitcher Preston Morrison became the first player in Mountain West history to earn the league’s Pitcher and Freshman of the Year honors in the same season and five other Horned Frogs received accolades.
Pitcher Andrew Mitchell joined Morrison on the first team, along with outfielder Jason Coats. Coats is the third MWC player to earn first-team honors three times.
Third baseman Jantzen Witte, outfielder Kyle Von Tungeln and relief pitcher Kevin Allen were named to the second team. New Mexico’s DJ Peterson and Mitchell Garver were named Co-Players of the Year.
Lobos’ coach Ray Birmingham earned Coach of the Year honors after New Mexico tied TCU for the regular-season title. It’s the first time in seven seasons in the league that the Horned Frogs didn’t win title outright.
Morrison led the MWC with a 5-0 record and 1.54 ERA in 46 2/3 innings.
“It has to be more of a team thing because I’ve gotten so much help from my outfield and infielders and [catcher] Josh [Elander],” Morrison said. “I couldn’t have had my success without them.”
New Mexico led the All-MWC team with 11 selections, including six on the first team. TCU and UNLV each had six players on the team. Last place Air Force had three players selected while San Diego State had none.
-- Stefan Stevenson