Rawlings/ABCA Honors Awarded to Six from Big 12
The American Baseball Coaches Association honored six Big 12 student-athletes for performances during the 2014 season. TCU starters Brandon Finnegan and Preston Morrison collected Rawlings/ABCA Second Team All-America selections, while Zach Fish and Brendan McCurry were named to the third team. Baylor’s Logan Brown and Texas’ Brooks Marlow were named to the Rawlings Division I Gold Glove Team.
This marks the fourth All-America selection this season for both Finnegan and Morrison. Finnegan, a first round draft pick by the Kansas City Royals, has also earned second team All-America honors from the NCBWA and third team selections from Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. Morrison has been honored on the second team of all three lists.
Morrison, the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, leads the conference with a 1.32 ERA. The junior also holds a 9-4 record in 18 games started this season. He is holding opponents to a .197 batting average. Finnegan is the Big 12 leader in strikeouts with 134 on the season - almost 40 more than the second-place pitcher (Morrison). He ranks fifth in the conference with a 2.04 ERA.
McCurry capped his two-year OSU career with a standout senior season as the Cowboys’ closer. The right-hander set a school record with 35 appearances and was 5-0 with 19 saves and a 0.38 ERA. He racked up 54 strikeouts in 41 1/3 innings and allowed just two runs. The 19 saves shattered the previous school record of 10, and McCurry also set the program’s career saves mark with 27. A finalist for the National College Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher of the Year Award and the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, McCurry is a consensus 2014 All-American as he’s earned honors from Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, the NCBWA, Rawlings/ABCA and Perfect Game.
Fish’s junior season saw him earn Big 12 Player of the Year honors and a spot on the All-Big 12 First Team for the second-straight year.
Spending most of his time as the Cowboys’ right fielder, Fish hit .308 and led OSU with 11 home runs, 17 doubles and a .517 slugging percentage. He was second on the club in hits (74) and RBIs (48). Fish has also earned third-team All-America honors from the NCBWA and Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball.
Marlow has fielded at a .991 clip this season, committing just three errors in 326 chances, and has helped form one of the best double play combos in the country with shortstop C.J Hinojosa. Texas ranks second in the nation with 70 double plays, with Marlow helping turn 56 of those. A second team All-Big 12 selection, the junior from Giddings, Texas, has turned 110 double plays in his career which ranks sixth in school history. Marlow leads the team with 200 assists this year, a career high after recording 152 as a freshman and 138 as a sophomore.
The only other person in program history that has a similar honor is catcher Kelly Shoppach (1999-2001), who earned the 2001 Easton Defensive Player of the Year award. Brown was one of three outfielders on the list and one of nine honorees as each position other than the outfield had one representative. Brown joined Texas’ second baseman Brooks Marlow as the lone recipients from the Big 12.
During the season, Brown made several outstanding diving catches, running catches and throws while making them all look relatively routine with his smooth stride and graceful plays. In a career-high 175 fielding chances, the Rowlett, Texas, native had just one error with a career-high 170 putouts for a career-high .994 fielding percentage with a career-high-tying four assists and two double plays. Brown’s lone error came on March 7th in the series opener of an eventual series win over No. 3 Cal State Fullerton. Since then, he’s gone 44 straight games without an error. For his career, Brown owns a .991 fielding percentage as he has 307 putouts, 11 assists and three errors (one each season) in 321 chances. He’s also helped turn four double plays.