June 16, 2010
AUBURN, Ala. -
Hunter Morris was named a First Team All-America by both Baseball America and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association while teammate Brian Fletcher was named a Second Team All-America by the NCBWA, both organizations announced on Wednesday.
Morris, who has also been named a First Team All-American by Rivals.com and Ping!Baseball.com, is Auburn's first First Team All-America selection since Todd Faulkner and Gabe Gross in 2000.
The selection of both Morris and Fletcher as All-Americas marks just the fourth time in school history that Auburn has had multiple All-Americas in the same season, joining Faulkner, Gross and Chris Bootcheck in 2000, Casey Dunn and Brent Schoening in 1999, and Mark Bellhorn, Ryan Halla and Finley Woodward in 1995.
The 2010 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, Morris led the SEC in home runs (23), RBI (76), slugging (.743) and total bases (202) while helping Auburn win the SEC West Division championship for the first time since 1995. The cleanup hitter in a lineup that ended the year with a school-record .348 batting average, 131 home runs and 293 extra-base hits, he hit a team-best .386 and helped Auburn advance to the SEC Tournament for the first time since 2003 and the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005.
Auburn's triple crown winner, he established Auburn school records for home runs and total bases in a single season while his 105 hits was the third most by an Auburn player in a single season. He also scored a team-high 66 runs during his junior campaign.
A fourth round pick by the Milwaukee Brewers in last week's draft who has already signed a professional contract, he finished his Auburn career with 46 career home runs and a .628 slugging percentage, both fifth all-time, and 93 extra-base hits, seventh all-time.
Not to be overshadowed, Fletcher put up remarkable numbers in his junior campaign as well. In 61 games, he finished second to Morris on the team in doubles (17), home runs (22), RBI (75) and runs scored (62) while hitting .357 with a .694 slugging percentage and was named a First Team All-SEC outfielder.
An 18th-round pick of the Kansas City Royals that has not signed, his 49 career home runs are tied for third all-time at Auburn, his 98 career extra-base hits are fifth and his 171 career RBI and 46 career multi-RBI games are both eighth.
Morris, who was named a Second Team All-America by Collegiate Baseball, is Auburn's first position player to earn All-America honors since Faulkner and Gross in 2000.
Other First Team All-Americans to play at Auburn are Larry Nichols (1962), QV Lowe (1967), Dom Fucci (1978), Gregg Olson (1987 and 1988), Frank Thomas (1989), John Powell (1993), Bellhorn, Faulkner and Gross.
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