Averill And Urquidez Named To Clemens Award Watch List

Feb. 12, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Arizona State University pitchers Erik Averill and Jason Urquidez are among 42 pitchers who have been named to the initial watch list for the Roger Clemens Award, which is presented to the nation's top collegiate pitcher at the conclusion of the 2005 season.

Averill (Orange, Calif.) was added to the list after his dominating 14-strikeout, complete-game shutout over New Mexico State (2/4) that earned him NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball National Pitcher of the Week honors. For the season, the left-hander is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA and has not walked a batter in 20.0 innings pitched.

Urquidez (Simi Valley, Calif.) was named to the watch list for the second consecutive year after also being nominated during his junior season in which he led Pac-10 with 12 victories (12-3, 3.41 ERA). The senior right-hander is 1-0 this season and has compiled a 13-3 career record with a 3.78 ERA in his two seasons in the Maroon and Gold.

The Roger Clemens Award list is comprised of all Division I pitchers who were named as pre-season All-Americans by either Baseball America or Collegiate Baseball, in addition to those pitchers who have been honored so far this season as National Pitchers of the Week by the National College Baseball Writers Association. Weekly winners of the writer's award will be added to the list until the start of the first round of voting at the end of April. Additional nominees will be added to the ballot based on notable performances and rankings in the NCAA statistical rankings.

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 over 328 games, fanned over 4,000 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 second Clemens Award will be presented to the nation's top college pitcher at the conclusion of a gala dinner in Houston on July 14. 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.

2005 Roger Clemens Award Watch List:Averill, Erik, Arizona State, LHP, Jr.Bard, Daniel, North Carolina, RHP, So.Bigley, Dennis, Oral Roberts, RHP, Jr.Bogusevic, Brian, Tulane, LHP, Jr.Buck, Dallas, Oregon State, RHP, So.Carrillo, Cesar, Miami, RHP, Jr.Costanzo, Mike, Coastal Carolina, RHP, Jr.Cox, J. Brent, Texas, RHP, jr.Devine, Joey, North Carolina State, RHP, Jr.Doherty, Ryan, Notre Dame, RHP, Jr.Erickson, Blair, UC Irvine, RHP, So.Ezell, Patrick, Southern Miss, RHP, So.Gardner, Michael, Texas Arlington, RHP, Jr.Gil, Danny, Miami , RHP, So.Hansen, Craig, St. John's, RHP, Jr.Hill, Nick, Army, LHP, So.Hill, Ronald, UNC-Wilmington, RHP, Sr.Hochevar, Luke, Tennessee, RHP, Jr.Holliman, Mark , Mississippi, RHP, Jr.Jamison, Neil , Long Beach State, RHP, Sr.Kahn, Stephen, LMU, RHP, Jr.Kennedy, Ian, Southern California, RHP, So.LeBlanc, Wade, Alabama, LHP, So.Lincecum, Jeff, Washington, RHP, So.McCormick, Mark , Baylor, RHP, Jr.Meloan, John, Arizona, RHP, Jr.Meyer, Jason, Texas A&M, LHP, So.Miller, Andrew, North Carolina, LHP, SoMullins, Ryan, Vanderbilt, LHP, jr.Owings, Micah, Tulane, RHP, Jr.Pelfrey, Mike, Wichita State, RHP, Jr.Pellegrini, Brian, St. Bonaventure , RHP, So.Ramos, Cesar, Long Beach State, LHP, Jr.Rawl, Aaron, South Carolina, RHP, Sr.Rea, Anthony, Santa Clara, RHP, Sr.Romanczuk, Mark, Stanford , LHP, Jr.Romero, Ricky, Cal State Fullerton, LHP, Jr.Startup, Will, Georgia,, LHP , Jr.Turner, Clayton, Texas A&M, RHP, Sr.Urquidez, Jason, Arizona State, RHP, Sr.Walters, P.J., South Alabama, RHP, So.Wilson, Jon, Winthrop, RHP, Jr.Zuercher, Zack, Rhode Island , LHP, Jr.

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