Hochevar finalist for Clemens award

HOUSTON - Tennessee junior Luke Hochevar has been selected as one of three finalists for the 2005 Roger Clemens Award, presented annually by the Greater Houston Baseball Association to the top pitcher in college baseball. Hochevar is joined on the list of finalists by Lance Broadway of TCU and Cesar Carrillo of Miami (Fla.). The three pitchers boast a combined record of 43-5 this season.

Each finalist was named the Pitcher of the Year in his respective conference. In addition, Hochevar earned recognition as an All-America first-teamer, an All-SEC first-teamer and the SEC Pitcher of the Year. The Fowler, Colo., native is 15-2 this season with a 2.13 ERA. He leads all SEC pitchers with 140 strikeouts and 126 2/3 innings pitched.

All three finalists will be invited to Houston - along with their respective families and head coaches - for the Roger Clemens Award Dinner July 14. The winner of the second annual Clemens Award will be announced at the conclusion of the event, which will be held at the Marriott Westchase Hotel.

The three finalists for the Roger Clemens Award were selected in a second round of voting by all Division I head baseball coaches, a selection of national college baseball media, the 16 winners of the R.E. Bob Smith Award (which preceded the Clemens Award) and last year's three finalists.

Former Long Beach State pitcher Jered Weaver won the inaugural Clemens Award last summer.

Created in 2004, The Roger Clemens Award honors the top pitcher in college baseball. The award presentation event is administered by the Greater Houston Baseball Association, which donated $80,000 to the designated beneficiaries (The Roger Clemens Foundation, The Karl Young Summer College Baseball League and Baseball USA) from the net proceeds from the first annual dinner. The GHBA is a non-profit 501.3 (C) organization dedicated to the growth of amateur baseball in the Houston area.

Tickets for the 2005 Roger Clemens Award Dinner are now on sale. For more information, please call the Greater Houston Baseball Association at (713) 739-0505 or write to The Roger Clemens Award, 2550 S. Sam Houston Parkway West, Houston, TX 77047.

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