Feb. 12, 2013
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Big 12 Preseason Coaches' Poll
With TCU's Preston Morrison
By Phil Stanton
Morrison is a sophomore right-hander from Waxhaw, N.C. He put
together an outstanding freshman campaign for the Horned Frogs,
going 9-2 in 22 appearances with 11 starts. Morrison worked
112.2 innings with 12 walks and 72 strikeouts while posting an
ERA of 2.08 and opponent batting average of .216. He accumulated
numerous postseason honors, including First Team All-Mountain
West, MW Freshman of the Year, MW Pitcher of the Year and
In his collegiate debut against Ole Miss,
Morrison set down all 10 batters he faced with a pair of
strikeouts to earn his first victory. He pitched twice in the
College Station Regional and made his final start of the season
at the Los Angeles Super Regional.
TCU lost the opener of the College Station
Regional to Ole Miss, but rebounded to beat Dayton, host Texas
A&M and the Rebels twice to win the regional in dramatic
fashion. The Horned Frogs lost twice to UCLA in the super
1. What went into your decision to not play
near home in the Southeast but to head to Texas for college?
I hadn’t really been recruited by a lot of the
schools nearby that were ACC or SEC, and when TCU gave me the
chance to come here to play, I knew I had to take advantage of
What were the keys for your outstanding freshman campaign?
I think I understood what kind of pitcher I was.
I wasn’t going to try to be someone that I wasn’t. I stayed true
to who I was and committed to the pitches that I was supposed to
3. How was your NCAA Tournament experience,
both regional and super regional?
It was really awesome. Even though we lost our
first game, it was really exciting, just a great honor to be
able to come through the bottom of the bracket and win our
regional like we did. Even though our super regional didn’t go
as well as we wanted to, I took away a bunch of positives from
4. How familiar are you with your new
conference brethren in the Big 12?
I pitched against Oklahoma last year during a
midweek game, but other than that, not too familiar.
5. What are your personal and team goals for
As a team, I expect us to make a deep run and go
to the College World Series. And myself, I don’t really worry
about myself. I just want to do whatever I can to help us to
that. I think that means for me making the pitches that I need
to make and commit myself to making quality pitches and not
worry about my results.
(photos courtesy of TCU Media