UNM's Peterson, Garver and TCU's Morrison Add to Postseason Awards
June 22, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - New Mexico sophomore third baseman DJ Peterson added two more All-American honors to his cache of 2012 postseason awards, garnering first-team accolades from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and earning second-team recognition from Baseball America. Lobo junior catcher Mitchell Garver, who along with Peterson was named 2012 MW Co-Players of the Year, joined his teammate on the Baseball America squad, receiving a third-team nod.
In addition, both players were named to the ABCA All-Midwest Region Team, along with TCU freshman righthander Preston Morrison. Peterson received first-team all-region honors, while Garver and Morrison were second-team selections.
Peterson ranked among the top 10 nationally with a .419 batting average (6th), 17 home runs (10th) and 78 RBIs (2nd) in 2012, leading the Mountain West in all three categories to win the league's triple crown. The Gilbert, Ariz., native also topped the MW and was among the NCAA's top 10 in hits (104/2nd) and slugging (.734/2nd) and on-base (.490/7th) percentage. In addition to earning first-team All-American accolades from both Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Coaches Association (NCBWA), Peterson was also a semifinalist for both the Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award.
Garver led the league and ranked among the top 10 nationally in doubles (27/4th) and runs scored (68/7th) this season. The Albuquerque, N.M., product also ranked second in the Conference in both hitting (.377) and slugging percentage (.612), hits (101/6th nationally) and RBIs (57), and fourth in on-base percentage (.438). Garver, who also was honored as a third-team All-American by both the NCBWA and Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, is one of three finalists for this year's Johnny Bench Award, which will be announced June 28.
Hailing from Waxhaw, N.C., Morrison was chosen as the 2012 MW Pitcher and Freshman of the Year, 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 fourth postseason accolade for Morrison, who was also named a National Collegiate Baseball Writers' (NCBWA) Freshman All-American as well as a Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Third-Team and Freshman All-American.