May 15, 2008
HOUSTON, Texas - San Diego left-hander Brian Matusz, a 2007 semifinalist, leads a group of 10 of the best college pitchers in America who have been named semifinalists for the fifth Roger Clemens Award. The list was announced on Thursday in Houston after the conclusion of the first round of voting by the nation,s Division 1 head baseball coaches and selected national media.
Matusz is joined by Scott Bittle of Mississippi, Aaron Crow of Missouri, Joshua Fields of Georgia, Scott Gorgen of UC Irvine, Chris Hernandez of Miami (Fla.), Shooter Hunt of Tulane, Mike Leake of Arizona State, Andrew Liebel of Long Beach State, and Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State.
The group includes the current national leaders in wins (Crow), saves (Fields), strikeouts (Strasburg) and strikeouts per nine innings (Bittle). The national field features pitchers from eight conferences with the Big West and Southeastern conferences being represented by two candidates each.
Ole Miss, Bittle a junior right-hander from Texarkana, Tex., is 5-1 on the season with a 1.48 earned run average and seven saves. Bittle has struck out 99 batters in only 54.2 innings. His ERA also ranks fourth nationally.
Missouri,s Crow, a junior righty from Wakarusa, Kan., is 11-0 with a 2.82 ERA. In addition to being the national leader in wins, his 103 strikeouts in 83 innings ranks fifth in the nation.
Georgia,s Fields, a right-hander from Hull, Ga., picked up his NCAA-best 16th save Tuesday night in the Bulldogs, 3-2 win over Georgia Tech in Atlanta. He,s also 1-1 with a 0.66 ERA, and has struck out 49 opponents in 27.1 innings.
UC Irvine,s Gorgen, a junior right-hander from Concord, Calif., is 10-2 with a 1.79 ERA. That earned run average ranks 11th in the country, and his total of 101 K,s in 90.1 innings ranks seventh nationally for the ninth-ranked Anteaters.
Miami,s Chris Hernandez, a hometown freshman left-hander, is 9-0 with a 2.70 ERA as the top-ranked Hurricanes, Friday starter. He,s the first freshman to earn a semifinal berth in the five years of balloting for the Clemens Award.
Hunt, a Tulane junior right-hander from Wyckoff, N.J., is 9-1 with a 1.97 ERA. He ranks in the top 15 nationally in wins, ERA, and striekouts (105 in 77.2 innings).
ASU,s Leake, a sophomore from Fallbrook, Calif., is 8-1 with a 3.42 ERA for the fourth-ranked Sun Devils. He,s struck out 86 in 92 innings.
LBSU,s Liebel, a senior right-hander from Pmona, Calif., is 7-2 with a 1.69 ERA, a mark that ranks ninth in the country. Liebel has led the Dirtbags to a top 25 ranking the current NCBWA poll.
Matusz, a USD junior lefty from Cave Creek, Ariz., is 10-2 with a 2.05 ERA. His 122 strikeouts in just 88 innings (third in the country) has paced the Toreros to a top-10 national ranking.
SDSU,s Strasburg, a sophomore right-hander from San Diego, Calif., is 8-1 with a 1.28 earned run average. His NCAA-best 125 strikeouts has come in only 84.1 innings.
Voters for The Roger Clemens Award are broken down into three groups. All Division 1 head baseball coaches are issued ballots, as are a selected group of writers and broadcasters who cover the college game. In addition the 16 winners of the R.E. Bob Smith Award, which was presented in Houston in 1988-2003, are asked to vote, along with the 13 finalists from the first four years of the Clemens Award.
The Roger Clemens Award was named after pitching legend Roger Clemens, who began his march to stardom while leading the University of Texas to the College World Series title in 1983. As a major-leaguer, Clemens won 354 games (eighth best in history), fanned 4,672 hitters and won seven Cy Young Awards, emblematic as the top pitcher in his league. The Roger Clemens Award is the only award of its kind, honoring the finest pitchers in college baseball. Voting to determine the three finalists for the 2008 award will begin on May 26.
The event is administered by the Greater Houston Baseball Association, which has donated more than $300,000 to the charities from the net proceeds from the first four dinners. The GHBA is a non-profit 501.3 (C) organization dedicated to the growth of amateur baseball in the Houston area.
Men's Basketball: Day in the Life
Guard Olin Carter III knows the games starts long before tip-off
Rowing, tennis, basketball and baseball, a winning day in the books
Baseball: For the Love of the Game
Baseball celebrates 60 years
Women's Basketball: Women in Sports Day
Julie Foudy spoke to student-athletes and guests for National Women in Sports Day
Men's Basketball: At LMU
Men's basketball on the road
Women's Rowing: Day in the Life
Senior Lizzie Bader shows how three-a-day practices are done
Men's Basketball: Youth Basketball Clinic
Toreros lead clinic in local community
Men's Rowing: Winter Camp 2018
There are plenty perks to being the early bird
60 Years of USD Baseball
Milestones on the road to Omaha
USD Honors Local Military Members
Toreros showed their support and hosted local military members at the men's basketball game
USD Athletes Sing "Santa's Coming to Town"
Toreros show their talent out of uniform
Basketball: City Championship
Toreros play SDSU Thursday night at 8
Football: Week Fourteen
Football preps for second round of playoffs at NDSU
Football: NAU From the Sidelines
Toreros win in first round of playoffs at NAU
Football: Week Thirteen
Football travels to NAU for the first round of the FCS Playoffs
A day to give to Torero Athletics
Football: Week Twelve
Toreros gear up for last game of conference play
Football: Week Eleven
Toreros prep for game day
Torero Timeout with Summer Mason
USD junior women's soccer player takes a timeout during a study break
On Saturday We Dominate
Big wins for both USD Football and USD Volleyball Saturday afternoon
Torero Timeout with Henry Lander
Men's soccer sophomore Henry Lander takes a Timeout between classes
Football: Week Ten
Toreros gear up for home game against Drake
Men's and women's basketball teamed up to host a Halloween event
Football: Week Nine
Big day in the weight room for the Toreros
Seamus McFadden's Legacy
39 years in review by former players and coaches
Alumni, staff and the San Diego community gathered to celebrate Men's Soccer Head Coach Seamus McFadden
Sixth Man Night: The Event
Recap video of the October 12 fundraiser event
Women's Basketball: WCC Hoops Tip-Off
Coach Fisher and Maya Hood attend media day in Las Vegas
Men's Basketball: New Heights
Men's basketball celebrates the third era of the program
Alumni and family gathered together for an eventful Homecoming weekend
Torero Timeout with Kristen Gengenbacher
Take a Timeout with the senior setter at her house in South Mission Beach
Football: Week Seven
Football preps for this Saturday's Homecoming game
Torero Timeout with Jonathan Petersen
USD Football's Petersen strolls through Belmont Park during his bye week
USD Basketball: Practice No. 1
Check out what practice looks like for the Torero ballers
Football: Week Five
Toreros prep for big game against Dayton
Football: FaceTime with Lion's Jamal Agnew
USD Head Coach Dale Lindsey congratulates Torero alum Agnew on his first NFL touchdown
Football: Brian Fogarty PFL Classic
From tailgates to touchdowns, we got it all
Football: Week Four
Hard work follows these Toreros on and off the field
Cross Country: USD Invite
Missed Saturday's race? Don't stress, we have it right here
Football: Week Three
Sights and sounds of USD Football at work
USD Invite: Take a Lap
Men's and women's cross country host the USD Invite: the only home race for the Toreros
Football: Week Two
Football hard at work for their first away game at UC Davis
Three Games - One Day
Ole Weekend was one to remember for USD Athletics
Football: Week One
Toreros preps for their home opener against Western New Mexico
2017 Football Season Preview
Head Coach Dale Lindsey and Senior Ray Clark discuss upcoming season
USD Athletics Highlight Video 2016-17
Don't miss the best highlights from this past year in USD Athletics