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Tres Barrera and Morgan Cooper named Perfect Game Freshman All-Americans

cooper barreraAUSTIN – Texas catcher Tres Barrera and pitcher Morgan Cooper have been named second team Freshman All-Americans by Perfect Game.

Both played pivotal roles in Texas advancing to the 2014 College World Series, where it finished tied for third. Barrera, who also earned second team All-America honors from Baseball America, played in 65 games and hit .261 while finishing second on the team with 13 doubles, five home runs and 35 RBIs.

Behind the plate, Barrera fielded at a .978 clip and helped guide the Texas pitching staff to a 2.25 team ERA, which was fourth best in the nation. That also marked the best ERA by a Longhorn pitching staff since 1977, when they had a 2.12.

Cooper was a major contributor to the team 2.25 ERA, tying Travis Duke with a team-high 29 appearances. The versatile freshman appeared in a variety of roles, making one start and recording three saves while appearing predominantly in middle to late relief.

A native of Jarrell, Texas, Cooper finished his rookie campaign with a 2.89 ERA and a 4-2 record and his 56.0 innings pitched were first on the team among relievers. He also posted 41 strikeouts and just nine walks all year, with his 4.6 strikeout-to-walk ratio the best on the team.

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