CMU Baseball: Morris growing into pitching role

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) CMU baseball continues their reign at the top of the Division II baseball world after taking the series at home over New Mexico Highlands three games to one.

In the series there were some great pitching performances headlined by freshman Andrew Morris who was two outs away from a no hitter. He would have been the first to throw a no-no since Luke Cheever back in 2006.

The game only lasted and hour and twenty minutes as he didn't give up a hit until the seventh inning and had 11 strikeouts in the game. Morris is the youngster on the team at just 17 years old but he is throwing like a veteran and finally getting comfortable with the team and it shows.

"It's exciting leading up to it," Morris said about approaching a no hitter. "You're doing everything you can not to look at the scoreboard, not to look and keep your mind off it so you stay relaxed. But that's just the way it goes sometimes, you don't get it. I know next time in that situation, I won't make the same mistake for sure."

"I think it's a result of maybe comfort level," head coach Chris Hanks said. "I think he has learned some things but when I look out there at the last couple of weeks I see a similar kid that I saw this summer pitching against Gene Taylor's and striking out fifteen. I see the same kid I saw all fall pitching without a worry in the world just out there competing doing his thing. Anytime a player loses that concept or consciousness of self, they always play better. When they quit worrying about batting average or statistics, they always play better."



 
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