Mountain West Trio Named Named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans

June 6, 2012


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Three Mountain West baseball players were among those honored today when Collegiate Baseball magazine announced the 2012 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans. Joining MW Pitcher of the Year Preston Morrison (TCU) on the list were New Mexico outfielder Ryan Padilla and UNLV righthander Erick Fedde. The Mountain West was one of 15 conferences to have three or more representatives.

Padilla, a second-team all-Mountain West honoree, batted .353 with 19 doubles, five home runs and 49 RBIs, a .430 on-base percentage and a .525 slugging percentage in 2012, ranking third on the team in all six categories. The Albuquerque, N.M., native also contributed 49 runs, 79 hits, two triples and four stolen bases.

Fedde, who joined Padilla on the all-MW second team, went 6-5 with an ERA of 3.59 while making 15 starts this season. The Las Vegas, Nev., product struck out 66 batters and surrendered 33 walks in 90.1 innings of work.

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. The unanimous first-team all-MW pick has made 10 starts in 21 appearances in 2012, posting a 9-1 record and 1.98 earned run average. Through 109.1 innings on the mound, Morrison has recorded 71 strikeouts while walking only 11 to rank fifth in the nation in walks per nine innings (0.91) and eighth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.45). Opponents are hitting just .212 against the Waxhaw, N.C., native.