UNM's Padilla, TCU's Morrison Tabbed NCBWA Freshman All-Americans
June 11, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - New Mexico outfielder Ryan Padilla and TCU righthander Preston Morrison were among those to receive first-team accolades when the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) announced its 2012 Freshman All-American Team today. The Mountain West is one of three conferences to have multiple representatives on the first team.
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 this season, 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. Padilla was also chosen a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American.
Morrison, a product of Waxhaw, N.C., 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 made 11 starts in 22 appearances in 2012, posting a 9-2 record and 2.08 earned run average. In 112.2 innings on the mound, he recorded 72 strikeouts against 12 walks while limiting opponents to a .216 batting average. This marks the third postseason accolade for Morrison, who was also named a Louisville Slugger Third-Team and Freshman All-American.