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The Purdue Boilermakers have one player that stands out to me, especially after seeing how well he played in the 2010 season and has continued to shine throughout his current season. Purdue’s right-handed pitcher, Matt Morgan, still gives fans a reason to come out to Lambert Field and watch some great college baseball.
In 2010, Morgan pitched in an amazing fourteen games, starting in ten of them. This put him at starting pitcher in every one of the first nine weekends in their season, and he would continue starting in the Big Ten Tournament opening game against Iowa. With that being said, Morgan was ranked second for Purdue in starts, innings and strikeouts. Not too bad, if I say so myself. In the Big East/Big Ten Challenge last February and March, he managed to pitch seven shutout innings against Cincinnati, only giving up four singles. In the Big Ten rankings for strikeouts, Morgan was fifth overall. When looking at Purdue’s single-season rankings, he was fourth and eighth in strikeouts per nine innings among the pitchers that threw 30.6 innings, making him tenth in strikeouts.
Recently, the Fishers, IN native was named the Pitcher of the Week back in February, after pitching a complete-game shutout against Lipscomb. It led to a win for the Boilermakers with an ending score of 1-0, their first 1-0 win since their 2007 season. Morgan only allowed three hits, two walks and struck out at least one batter in eight of his nine innings. The pitching mound is definitely Morgan’s sanctuary.
In most recent news, minus the game that the Boilermakers are currently playing, Morgan started in yesterday’s game against Indiana. He pitched a glorious seven innings, giving up three runs and seven hits as he struck out four batters. With the help of another fellow pitcher, Calvin Gunter, the Boilermakers were able to defeat the Hoosiers 5-4. There are still two more games to be played against Indiana, but if Purdue continues to play like they have been, a few more victories should be within reach.
So keep your eyes on this 5’11,” 170 pound stud on the mound. If he keeps playing like he has been, then his fans, friends and family will continue to be proud. Hopefully, Morgan will be named Player of the Week again in the near future, but if not, don't sweat it.More posts at Upper Deck Report.com