(BETHANY, OKLA.)---Southern Nazarene University senior pitcher, Matt Morgal, was drafted in the 13th-round of the Major League Baseball draft on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 by the Toronto Blue Jays. Morgal becomes the 4th player in SNU baseball history to be drafted in the MLB draft. Morgal also becomes the 12th player at Southern Nazarene to sign a professional baseball contract. Morgal was the 400th overall pick in the draft.
Morgal, a senior pitcher from Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Oklahoma, had a dominant 2009 season at Southern Nazarene in his only year at SNU, earning First Team All-SAC honors after finishing the year with a 10-2 record. Morgal had a record-breaking regular season, finishing with an SNU record 10 wins. Morgal also set a new school mark in strikeouts, recording 131, breaking the old record of 107. Morgal set a school record for strikeouts in a game as well, posting 18 in a win versus Mid-America Christian. Morgal finished with an ERA of 4.42 in 89.2 innings of work with only 38 walks. Morgal added six complete games in 13 starts and had one shutout.
SNU finished with a final record of 37-15 and a 19-11 mark in the Sooner Athletic Conference. The Crimson Storm made the program’s first appearance in the NAIA National Tournament, earning a spot in the NAIA Opening Round.
Wed, June 10, 2009
by Eunice Trent. Written by Scott Secor.