Morris Named NESCAC Pitcher of the Year, Carroll Tabbed Defensive Player of the Year, Han Honored

Justin Han, Colby Morris and Brooks Carroll.
Justin Han, Colby Morris and Brooks Carroll.

COMPLETE NESCAC RELEASE

Three members of the Middlebury College baseball team were honored when the NESCAC announced its all-conference teams. Junior Colby Morris (Del Mar, Calif.) was named the NESCAC Pitcher of the Year and earned a spot on the first team, while sophomore Justin Han (Vienna, Va.) was also a first-team selection. Sophomore Brooks Carroll (Davidson, N.C.) was deemed the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year. The group helped lead the Panthers to a 16-16 mark in 2018.

Morris tied for league lead in wins (5), complete games (4), innings pitched (64.1) and ERA (1.68) this spring. He was tied for second with nine games started and ranked third with 53 strikeouts. Morris threw a three-hit shutout/complete-game win over Amherst in May, while allowing two hits in six innings with nine strikeouts in his opening appearance against Bard. Through three seasons at Middlebury, he is the school's all-time leader in innings pitched (184) and games started (29). He is in a fourth-place tie 13 wins and is fifth with 118 strikeouts.

Han led the NESCAC and set a new Middlebury single-season record with 22 stolen bases in 2018. He also paced the league with a .528 on-base percentage and ranked second with 31 walks. Han led the team and was sixth in the league with a .369 batting average, pacing the Panthers with 33 runs and seven doubles. The second baseman was also steady defensively, with a .956 fielding percentage on 113 chances. Han had multiple hits in 13 games this spring, including an 8-11 stretch in April with nine runs scored.

Carroll was steady at shortstop all season long for Middlebury, committing just five errors on 136 chances (.963). He finished the season with 44 putouts and 87 assists, turning 11 double plays. Carroll also hit .299 this season with 26 runs scored and seven doubles, boasting an on-base percentage of .373.