Preston Morris Didn’t Take No For An Answer
When college coaches tell you that your fast ball isn’t fast enough, tell them to go Google the name Preston Morrison. The Cuthbertson High School graduate came out of high school with no real options, until TCU gave him a look and and a chance to prove them wrong. Look what happened next!
Preston will leave TCU as the most decorated Horned Frog in program history. Over the course of his career he has been named Pitcher of the Year in two leagues, been honored as an All-American twice, is a three-time first-team All-Conference performer, an eight time recipient of Pitcher of the Week honors and a two-time National Pitcher of the Week. He holds the distinction of being the only player in Mountain West Conference history to earn Freshman of the Year and Pitcher of the Year honors in the same season. He joined head coach Jim Schlossnagle as a member of the 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.
In addition to his multitude of honors, Preston has put a stamp on the record book. He holds the school record for innings pitched and games started. He is one of just two Horned Frogs ever to tally 30 wins in his career. Preston is the only pitcher in school history to own two career complete-game one-hitters. He also ranks in the top five all-time with 296 career strikeouts. He is 36-10 in 68 career appearances and boasts a 1.67 ERA in 436 innings pitched. Preston has tossed nine complete games and six complete-game shutouts.
A walk-on with no guaranteed roster spot in the Fall of 2011, Morrison burst onto the collegiate scene in 2012. He made 10 appearances out of the bullpen before finding a permanent spot in the starting rotation on April 7 against UNC-Wilmington. He fell one out short of a complete game in his first career start. He went 9-2 with a 2.08 ERA in 112 2/3 innings pitched en route to making history in the Mountain West.
The shift to the Big 12 didn’t faze Morrison as he was even better as a sophomore. In 15 starts, he posted 14 quality starts en route to a 7-3 record. Preston finished the season with a 1.51 ERA in 107 innings. His solid season earned him first-team All-Big 12 honors and an invitation to Team USA.
Morrison dominated the competition as a part of the nation’s top pitching staff in 2014. He set the school record with 129 2/3 innings pitched and had a slim 1.32 ERA in 18 starts. His defining start of the season came on April 5 against West Virginia as he tallied his second career, complete-game one-hitter. His outstanding season earned him Big 12 Pitcher of the Year honors, giving him the distinction as the only Frog to earn the honor twice in his career.
This season, Preston has continued to dominate the competition. He is 11-1 in 13 appearances and leads the team with 86 2/3 innings pitched. Preston became TCU’s all-time leader in innings pitched in the win over Oklahoma State on March 21. His school-record 55th career start last weekend at West Virginia was also his 35th career victory.
Preston will graduate in December with a degree in Economics.