April 27, 2006
HOUSTON - Senior righthander Luke Trubee has remained on the latest release of the Watch List for the 2006 Roger Clemens Award, which is presented nationally to the best collegiate pitcher. The latest Watch List was released on Wednesday.
Trubee is the all-time winningest pitcher in Dayton history with a 27-12 career record over the past four seasons. Last year, the righty won a school-record 12 games which is the most by any pitcher in the nation that returned to college this season.
The Preseason All-America candidate also has the most career strikeouts in UD history with 187 including a school-record 82 last season. He is also among the Flyer bests in innings pitched and complete games.
This season, Trubee is 6-5 with a 5.51 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 65.1 innings pitched. He has won his last three straight conference starts entering this weekend's series at Rhode Island. <P>After winning a school record 36 games last season, Dayton is on pace to surpass that win total in 2006. The Flyers are 24-14 overall this season and are tied for first place in the Atlantic 10 standings with a 12-3 conference mark.
ABOUT THE ROGER CLEMENS AWARD
Created in 2004, The Roger Clemens Award honors the top pitcher in college baseball. The event is administered by the Greater Houston Baseball Association, who has donated nearly $200,000 to the designated beneficiaries (The Roger Clemens Foundation, The Karl Young Summer College Baseball League and Baseball USA) from the net proceeds from the first annual dinner. The GHBA is a non-profit 501.3 (C) organization dedicated to the growth of amateur baseball in the Houston area.
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. At the conclusion of the 2005 major league season, Clemens had won 341 games, fanned over 4,000 hitters 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.
Jered Weaver of Long Beach State was the inaugural recipient in 2004 and Luke Hochevar of Tennessee was the winner in 2005.
The first stage in the selection process to determine the second Roger Clemens Award winner will begin at the end of April. 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.
The Roger Clemens Award Dinner, honoring the top pitcher in college baseball, will return to the Marriott Westchase Hotel for a second consecutive year when the collegiate version of the Cy Young Award is presented on July 12, 2006.