Morris Named SEC Freshman of the Year

Hunter Morris is joined by a trio of teammates on the SEC All-Freshman Baseball squad.

Birmingham, Ala.--Auburn first baseman Hunter Morris was named SEC Freshman of the Year on Tuesday and is joined on the SEC All-Freshman Team by three teammates.

The last time one team had four players on the All-Freshman team was five years ago.

Morris, who was also named to the All-SEC second team, hit .351 to lead the Tigers in batting average in 54 starts. The former Grissom High star from Huntsville was second for the Tigers in RBI with 49 and first in total bases with 126. Morris did not make an error in the field and he was second on the team in homers with 11.

Morris overcame a late season injury and performed well from the start to finish of the season.

The first baseman hit even better against SEC pitching with a .393 mark on his way to becoming the first AU player to be named SEC Freshman of the Year.

David Cunningham has been selected as the freshman team third baseman, Brian Fletcher made the squad as an outfielder and Grant Dayton was selected as a pitcher.

David Cunningham scores for the Tigers.

Cunningham, who is from Roswell, Ga., High School, hit .319 with 24 RBI.

Fletcher, who is from Starr's Mill High in Fayetteville, Ga., hit .324 with 10 homers and 42 RBI. His .710 slugging percentage is fourth in the conference.

Brian Fletcher was a key player for the 2008 Tigers.

Dayton, who became Auburn's Friday night starter, posted a 7-2 record with a 3.89 earned run average. He allowed 87 hits in 81 innings and struck 79 with 12 bases on balls.

Grant Dayton

He led the Tigers in wins and had the lowest earned run average among the starters. Dayton, who is from Huntsville, attended Bob Jones High.

Others on the SEC All-Freshman Team include second baseman Josh Adams of Florida, shortstop Josh Rutledge of Alabama, catcher Micah Gibbs of LSU, outfielder Kentrail Davis of Tennessee, outfielder Whit Merrifield of South Carolina, DH P.J. Polk of Tennessee, pitcher Drew Pomeranz of Ole Miss and pitcher Russell Brewer of Vanderbilt.

Gordon Beckham of Georgia, who is batting .401 with 23 homers, has been named the SEC Player of the Year and Joshua Fields of Georgia is the SEC Pitcher of the Year. Fields has 16 saves and a 1.52 ERA.

Auburn has had a player make the All-SEC Freshman team for three consecutive years.

The Tigers, who finished the season with a 28-28 record and an 11-19 SEC mark, did not qualify for this week's SEC Baseball Tournament in Hoover and are currently searching for a new coach to take over for Tom Slater, who is being replaced after not getting the Tigers into the league tournament during his four seasons as head coach of the Tigers.

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