May 7, 2012
CINCINNATI — University of Cincinnati baseball student-athlete Zach Morris (Edgewater, Md./DeMatha Catholic) was named to the weekly BIG EAST Conference honor roll on Monday, the second time this season Morris received the distinction.
Morris, a 6-foot-6 freshman left-handed pitcher, earned the accolade after pitching his first-career complete-game shutout Saturday at UConn. Morris was efficient all game, needing just 112 pitches to get through nine frames, while scattering five base hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.
The southpaw has now been named to the BIG EAST honor roll twice in 2012. Morris previously received the recognition March 12 for his performance against Chicago State on March 10, when he pitched six shutout innings, struck out a career-high nine batters and allowed just four hits.
On the season, Morris owns a 3.11 ERA with a 3-3 win-loss record and 42 strikeouts in a team-leading 66 2-3 innings pitched. Prior to the UConn start on Saturday, his .254 opponent battering average during league play ranked 12th in the BIG EAST.
A UC ballplayer has now been named to the BIG EAST honor roll six times in 2012, with Morris the first to repeat. The other Bearcats winners were: redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Christian McElroy (Middletown, Ohio/Monroe/Sinclair CC) on April 16; freshman RHP Ryan Atkinson (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) on April 9; sophomore outfielder Justin Glass (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) on April 2; and freshman third baseman Joey Bielek (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chapparal) on March 6.