April 26, 2006
Houston, TX - The Greater Houston Baseball Association announced the 2006 Roger Clemens Award Watch List on Tuesday, comprised of 79 of the top collegiate pitchers in the nation. Three WCC hurlers were included in the initial listing, as San Diego's Josh Butler and Brian Matusz joined Pepperdine's Barry Enright on the watch list. The award is given annually to college baseball's top pitcher.
Enright, who was a Freshman All-American in 2005, is currently 8-1 with a 3.97 ERA in 14 appearances. He has wins over No. 15 Long Beach State, No. 2 Oregon State, No. 10 Tulane, No. 4 Cal State Fullerton and No. 25 San Diego. In those five games, Enright has pitched 35.1 innings, posted a 2.80 ERA and limited the opposition to a .265 average. He was named the NCBWA's National Co-Pitcher of the Week for February 20 after registering wins over No. 15 Long Beach State and No. 2 Oregon State. Enright also has twice been named the West Coast Conference's (WCC) Pitcher of the Week and to the College Baseball Foundation Hall of Fame Honor Roll.
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 initial list is comprised of players named to pre-season All-American teams by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America (NCBWA). Each weekly honoree of the NCBWA Pitcher of the Week will be added to the list, as will statistical leaders later in the season.
First-round voting is scheduled to begin May 8 and will run through May 15. The announcement of 10 semifinalists is set for May 18. Voting on the award is conducted by all Division I head baseball coaches, a selection of national media who cover the college game, all past winners of the Rotary Smith Award and past finalists of the Roger Clemens Award.
The winner of the Roger Clemens Award will be announced at a dinner at the Marriott Westchase Hotel in Houston, Texas, on July 12.