Justin Morrison Named to All-State Baseball Team

Justin Morrison '15 (John Bell photo, www.touchalifephotography.com)
Justin Morrison '15 (John Bell photo, www.touchalifephotography.com)

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Guilford College senior Justin Morrison was named a College Division All-State baseball selection according to the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) Wednesday. Morrison earned a spot on the second-team all-state unit.

The squads consist of NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA student-athletes from North Carolina colleges and universities. North Carolina sports information directors submitted nominees and NCCSIA members selected the teams for the 12th straight year.

Morrison, a 6-2 right-handed relief pitcher, appeared in a club-high 17 games for the Quakers this spring. He posted a 2-0 record with two saves and a team-best 2.73 earned run average in 26.1 innings. Morrison struck out 25 batters and only issued four walks. His .248 opponent's batting average against stood second on the team. Morrison averaged 8.54 strikeouts per nine innings, which ranked second on the team among pitchers with at least 15 innings.

Morrison started his career as a midweek starter in 2011 and posted a 5-3 record with a 6.31 earned run average. He gave up 57 hits in 45.2 innings and averaged just 4.34 strikeouts per game. The Quakers moved him to the bullpen his sophomore season when he developed into a top reliever. He led the team in appearances in 2013 and 2015. Morrison recorded an 11-4 record in 60 career games with six saves and a 4.83 ERA in 143.1 innings. He fanned 102 batters in his career and issued 37 walks. Guilford's athletics department staff awarded Morrison the school's 2014-15 George Wynne Most Improved Athlete Award. A regular on Guilford's Student-Athlete Honor Roll and the Academic All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Team, he graduated last month with degrees in exercise and sport sciences.

Morrison helped coach Nick Black's '02 club to a 14-22 overall record, 7-13 in the ODAC. Black could have as many as 29 returning letter winners next season.

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