May 17, 2007
Malibu, Calif. - Junior All-American Barry Enright, who ranks second on Pepperdine's career wins list, was named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2007 Roger Clemens Award, given annually to college baseball's top pitcher, it was announced on Thursday. This year's award will be presented July 11 at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Houston.
Joining Enright on the list are Adrian Alaniz of Texas, Preston Guilmet (Arizona), Bryan Henry (Florida State), Brian Matusz (San Diego), Adam Mills (Charlotte), Kyle Nicholson (Texas A&M), David Price (Vanderbilt), Nick Schmidt (Arkansas), and Jacob Thompson of Virginia. This group includes three seniors, four juniors and three sophomores.
The 10 were selected during the first round of voting, which ended on May 14. Voters include all Division 1 head baseball coaches, a selection of national media who cover collegiate baseball, the 16 winners of the R. E. "Bob" Smith Award, which was presented to the top player in the country from 1988-2003, and the 10 previous finalists for the Clemens Award.
The second round of voting will begin on May 28, with the announcement of the three finalists set for June 7. Jered Weaver of Long Beach State (2004), Luke Hochevar of Tennessee (2005) and Andrew Miller (North Carolina) were the first three winners of the Clemens Award.
Enright has enjoyed an outstanding three-year career at Pepperdine and is putting together an All-American type 2007 campaign. He enters the final weekend of the regular season with an 11-4 overall record and an impressive 1.78 ERA while making 16 starts. His win total ties for fourth in the country while his ERA ranks 13th nationally.
In 116.0 innings pitched, Enright has allowed 103 hits, 23 earned runs and walked 12 while striking out a single-season career-high 77 batters. He leads the West Coast Conference (WCC) in wins, ERA, games started and fewest walks allowed per nine innings (0.93) and is second in innings pitched.
In his three seasons at Pepperdine, Enright has compiled an overall record of 34-7 and a 3.44 ERA while appearing in 55 games and starting 54. In 337.2 innings pitched, the Stockton, California native has surrendered 129 earned runs, walked 60 and struck out 197.
In addition to ranking second on Pepperdine's all-time career wins list, Enright is No. 5 on the WCC's all-time victories list. He is first in Waves history in fewest walks allowed per nine innings (1.60), second in games started and fifth in innings pitched.
While accumulating an 11-4 record this season, Enright has pitched at seven innings in 13 of 16 starts, has worked at least eight innings eight times and has one complete game. He has allowed two or fewer walks in all 16 starts and has walked one or no batters in 13 outings.
The Roger Clemens Award was named after future Hall of Famer Roger Clemens, who began his march to stardom while leading the University of Texas to the College World Series title in 1983. As a professional, Clemens has won 348 games (eighth best in history), fanned more than 4,600 batters and won and 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.
The event is administered by the Greater Houston Baseball Association, who has donated more than $300,000 to the charities from the net proceeds from the first three dinners. The GHBA is a non-profit 501.3 (C) organization dedicated to the growth of amateur baseball in the Houston area.
Tickets for the 2007 Roger Clemens Award 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.