UT baseball player Morgan Cooper on the first day of practice last year at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Friday January 29, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Collegiate Baseball honors Texas pitcher Morgan Cooper’s All-American arm

Posted June 1st, 2017

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This week, the honors have kept coming for Texas pitcher Morgan Cooper.

On Thursday, Cooper was placed on the third team of Collegiate Baseball’s All-America team. Cooper joined TCU’s Jared Janczak as two of the seven third-team pitchers on the publication’s honor roll.

Cooper, who is a redshirt junior from Jarrell, was named a semifinalist for USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award on Wednesday.

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Cooper is 6-3 with a 2.32 ERA this year, and opponents are hitting .203 against his right arm. With 103 strikeouts, Cooper leads the Big 12. He has also become the first Longhorn with triple-digit strikeouts since Taylor Jungmann and Cole Green in 2011.

As the NCAA tournament gets underway this week, Texas has been placed in Long Beach State’s regional. Texas (37-22) will open its appearance at the double-elimination tournament against UCLA (30-25) on Friday. Cooper last worked in the Big 12’s championship game this past Sunday, but Texas is expected to give the baseball to junior Nolan Kingham on Friday.

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