Former Hornet Colin Morse earns first pro baseball promotion

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former Shenandoah University standout pitcher Colin Morse has earned his first promotion after six professional appearances for the Gulf Coast League Nationals.

Morse, a three-time All-ODAC honoree with SU, was assigned to the Auburn Doubledays, the short-season Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, on Tuesday. Taken by Washington in the 26th round of last month’s MLB Draft, Morse was 1-1 with a 5.63 ERA, nine strikeouts and 11 walks in eight innings pitched in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

The right-hander, who has made one start, earned his first professional win on Sunday against the GCL Mets after tossing three innings of relief. Morse allowed a run on one hit and a walk while striking out three.

Morse’s older brother, Phil – also a former Shenandoah standout – pitched for Auburn in 2016 shortly after being drafted by the Nationals that same year. Phil Morse is currently assigned to Class A Hagerstown and is 2-0 with a 5.49 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings pitched over 14 relief appearances.