Nov. 29, 2006
Houston, Texas - The University of San Diego sophomore left-handed pitcher Brian Matusz was named to the 2007 Roger Clemens Award watch list, tracking the best collegiate pitcher in the country. The award is given each year by the Greater Houston Baseball Association and was won last year by the University of North Carolina southpaw Andrew Miller.
Last season, Matusz shored up the Saturday starter spot in the rotation, going 4-3, posted a 4.25 ERA in 89 innings, walking 39 and striking out 93 batters en route to being selected as a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball, named to Baseball America's All-Freshman team, was a West Coast Conference honorable mention and an All-WCC Freshman team selection.
The finalists for the 2007 Roger Clemens Award will be selected in voting by a national panel that includes: 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 in Houston in 1988-2003. In addition, the 10 previous finalists for the Clemens Award are also issued ballots. The 2007 award will be presented at a gala dinner next July.
The Roger Clemens Award is in its fourth year of existence, and 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 major leaguer, Clemens has won 348 games (eighth best in history), fanned more than 4,600 hitters and won 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, which 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.