Hochevar is Pitcher of Year

The guy who carried Tennessee's upstart baseball team to the College World Series this year has been tabbed the NCAA's Pitcher of the Year.

The recognition was made official Thursday night, when former Vol Luke Hochevar received the Roger Clemens Award at a banquet in Houston.

The lanky righthander edged fellow finalists Lance Broadway (15-1, 1.67 ERA) of Texas Christian University and Miami's Cesar Carrillo (13-3, 2.22) in the national voting for the second annual award.

The Clemens Award is named for the former University of Texas standout who has struck out more than 4,000 batters and collected seven Cy Young Awards during an illustrious Major League career.

Tennessee was picked to finish fifth in the SEC East this season but Hochevar had other ideas. Showing himself to be a dominating pitcher, he posted a 15-3 record, a 2.25 earned run average and 154 strikeouts in helping the Vols make the CWS for the fourth time in program history.

Hochevar is the third UT player ever to claim one of college baseball's national awards. Todd Helton (Player of the Year) and R.A. Dickey (Freshman of the Year) were the others.

Hochevar's dream season included selection by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round of the recent Major League Baseball Draft. He is still negotiating a contract.

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