Brandon Morrow Earns First-Team All-Pac-10 Honors
May 31, 2006
WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. - The University of California baseball program had four players - junior right-hander Brandon Morrow, junior center fielder Brennan Boesch, senior shortstop Allen Craig and freshman right-hander Tyson Ross - selected to the 2006 Pacific-10 All-Conference Team, it was announced today by Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen. Morrow was tabbed first-team All-Pac-10, while Boesch, Craig and Ross were honorable mention All-Pac-10 selections.
One of 10 semifinalists for the Roger Clemens Award as the nation's top collegiate pitcher, Morrow had an outstanding season, owning a 7-4 record and is currently second in the Pac-10 with a 2.05 ERA. He is also fourth in the conference with 97 strikeouts (10th on Cal's single-season strikeout list) in 96.7 innings (ninth in the Pac-10), and opponents batted .211 against him (third in the Pac-10). Morrow had complete games at UNLV and Stanford, and only allowed 39 walks and 72 hits in his 96.7 innings. He notched wins over UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, UNLV, Pacific, Washington, Arizona and Washington State.
Morrow was selected the National Pitcher of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and Rosenblatt.com when he allowed no hits in 6.3 innings with 12 strikeouts and only one walk in the Feb. 3 season-opener at UC Irvine. A hard-throwing right-hander, Morrow was selected a third-team preseason All-American after an outstanding 2005 summer in the prestigious Cape Cod League. He was a Cape Cod League All-Star for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, striking out 24 batters in 14.7 innings with a 1.84 ERA and three saves. Morrow was also picked as the fifth-best professional prospect out of the Cape Cod League by Baseball America, and is expected to be a top draft pick during the June 6 Major League Amateur Draft.
Boesch, a first-team preseason All-American, finished the 2006 campaign batting .313 with 11 doubles, 10 home runs (seventh in the Pac-10) and a team-leading 42 RBI. He ended the year hitting safely in 19 of the team's final 20 games, including three game-winning RBI. For his career, Boesch has a .327 average with 37 doubles, three triples, 21 home runs and 90 RBI.
After being named a first-team Summer All-American in Baseball America, Craig did not missed a beat this spring as he owned a team-best .344 average with a team-high 76 hits, 39 runs, 15 doubles and 11 home runs (fourth in the Pac-10). He also had 27 multiple-hit games, a 124 total bases (eighth in the Pac-10) and a .561 slugging percentage (ninth in the Pac-10). Craig was honorable mention All-Pac-10 in 2005 as well. For his career, he has a .308 average with 48 doubles (7th on the Cal all-time list), a triple, 27 home runs (9th on the Cal all-time list) and 107 RBI in 192 games. Craig's 751 career at-bats are eighth, his 362 total bases are ninth and his 231 hits are 10th on the Cal all-time list.
As a true freshman, Ross finished 6-4 with a 3.19 ERA (seventh in the Pac-10), and had 85 strikeouts (ninth in the Pac-10) in 84.7 innings, with victories at Stanford and Pacific in his last couple of outings. He also picked up wins versus Long Beach State, UC Santa Barbara, Georgetown and Washington. Ross paced the Bears with 15 starts, had a complete-game victory over Washington, and had a career-high nine strikeouts in 6.0 innings versus then-No. 17-ranked Long Beach State.