Three MW Baseball Players Tabbed Louisville Slugger All-Americans
May 31, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Three Mountain West baseball players were among those honored when the Louisville Slugger All-American teams were announced today by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. New Mexico teammates and 2012 MW Co-Players of the Year DJ Peterson (third base) and Mitchell Garver (catcher) were named to the first and second teams, respectively, while TCU freshman righthander Preston Morrison was a third-team selection.
The Mountain West was one of 10 conferences to have three or more players named Louisville Slugger All-Americans, and one of six conferences to have at least one player on each of the three teams.
Peterson is a semifinalist for both the Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award, both of which are annually given to the best player in college baseball. He currently leads the nation in total bases (174), ranks second in both RBIs (76) and slugging percentage (.734), fourth in hits (99), sixth in batting (.418), and 12th in home runs (16).
Garver, one of 12 semifinalists for the Johnny Bench Award, leads all Division I catchers in hits (100), batting average (.391), runs (68) and total bases (163). He is tied for the lead among catchers with 27 doubles, which also ranks second overall nationally. His hits and runs both rank third in the nation among all players, and his runs total is fifth.
Morrison was chosen as the MW Pitcher and Freshman of the Year in 2012, becoming the first player in league history to capture both accolades in the same season. He has made eight starts in 19 appearances and leads the team with a 9-1 record. Through 98.2 innings on the mound, Morrison has recorded 64 strikeouts while walking just eight, ranking third in the nation in walks per nine innings (0.73) and fifth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (8.0). Opponents are hitting just .201 against him.