Freshman pitcher Matt Purke was named a second-team All-American by Baseball America and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Purke leads the nation with 14 victories (14-0) with a 3.23 ERA in helping lead the third-ranked Horned Frogs
to their first College World Series appearance.
The 14 wins tie Purke with current Baltimore Oriole Jake Arrieta for second
on TCU’s single-season list, one shy of former Horned Frog All-American
Lance Broadway (15, 2005).
Purke’s 133 strikeouts place second for a single season at TCU, trailing
only Broadway’s 151 in 2005. Purke has allowed just 84 hits in 103 innings,
limiting opponents to a .219 batting average.
In his most recent outing, Purke surrendered just one run on three hits
while striking out 11 and walking one in a 3-1 victory at Texas in the
opening game of the Super Regionals.
Purke will start Saturday when TCU opens College World Series play at 1 p.m.
CDT versus Florida State. Purke will be making his 17th start of the
campaign, tying him for second on the Horned Frogs’ single-season chart.
Flint Wallace (1996) and Clayton Jerome (2004) hold the mark with 18 starts.
A native of Spring, Texas, Purke was named the NCBWA’s Freshman Pitcher of
the Year in addition to being a first-team Freshman All-American.