April 25, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Greater Houston Baseball Association announced this morning that the University of San Diego starting pitchers Josh Butler and Brian Matusz, have been named to the 2006 Roger Clemens Award Watch List. Butler and Matusz join 76 other pitchers vying for the award honoring the nation's top collegiate pitcher.
Butler, a junior from Danville, Calif., is currently leading the team with is 2.20 ERA and 8-4 record. Butler's ERA is also the second highest among all West Coast Conference pitchers. The junior opened the season in stylish fashion leading the Toreros to a 4-2 win against the defending national champion Texas Longhorns as he threw five complete innings not allowing a single run while giving up only two hits and striking out five batters. Butler did not allow a single earned run to cross the plate for his first month of action to post a perfect 0.00 ERA en route to earning him the WCC Pitcher of the Month award for February.
Matusz, a freshman from Cave Creek Ariz., currently has the second best ERA on the team at 3.27, has a 4-2 record and leads the team in strike outs with 71. Matusz was a fourth round draft pick of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2005 draft, but chose to turn down a lucrative contract to come play baseball at USD. The south paw has turned in several outstanding pitching performances this season including one this past weekend. In Friday's 6-1 win against Pepperdine University Matusz allowed one run on five hits while striking out six in eight complete innings of work. After allowing four hits through the first four innings, he settled down and only allowed the Waves to record one more hit for the remainder of his outing. Matusz held the normally potent Pepperdine bats to a .192 batting average through eight innings and for his efforts he was named the WCC Pitcher of the Week.
The third Clemens Award will be presented to the nation's top college pitcher at the conclusion of a gala dinner in Houston in July. All Division I head baseball coaches will take part in the voting for the honor, in addition to a selected panel of national media and all past winners of the Rotary Smith Award, which was retired after the 2003 dinner by the committee that is sponsoring the Clemens Award.