Ian Kennedy Named Semifinalist For Two National Awards

May 20, 2005

LOS ANGELES - Sophomore right-handed pitcher Ian Kennedy (Huntington Beach, Calif./La Quinta HS) has been named as a semifinalist for the 2005 Roger Clemens Award and Xanthus-Dick Howser Trophy. Kennedy highlights a group of 10 pitchers for the Roger Clemens Award, given to the nation's top collegiate pitcher, while 16 semifinalists comprise the Xanthus-Dick Howser Trophy, given to the nation's top collegiate player, in conjunction with the Naitonal Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

This season, Kennedy is 10-1 with a 2.26 ERA (87 2/3 IP, 61 H, 22 ER, 30 BB, 128 SO, .196 opponents' batting average). As of May 17, Kennedy is fourth in the nation with 13.1 strikeouts per nine innings and would hold the school career record for strikeouts per nine innings (12.38), surpassing the top mark (11.52) held by current Chicago Cubs' pitcher Mark Prior (2000-01). In Pac-10 games this season, he is 6-0 with a 1.65 ERA (43 2/3 IP, 30 H, 8 Er, 13 BB, 72 SO, .195 OBA). As the team's No. 1 starter on Friday, Kennedy has also defeated four front-line pitchers: John Meloan (Arizona), Ricky Romero (Cal State Fullerton), Cesar Ramos (Long Beach State) and Tim Lincecum (Washington).

Kennedy has been in a zone as of late, going 7-0 with a 1.05 ERA in his last seven starts with four of those games on the road (at Washington, vs. UCLA, at Cal State Fullerton, at Cal and at Arizona). In 51 2/3 innings, he has allowed only 35 hits, six earned runs and 10 walks against 79 strikeouts. He has registered double digits in strikeouts in five of his last seven starts.

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 donated $80,000 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 10 semifinalists were selected in an initial round of voting by all Division I head baseball coaches, a selection of national college baseball media, the 16 winners of the R. E. Bob Smith Award and the three finalists from the first Clemens Award. The second round of voting to select the three finalists will run from May 24-June 2, with the results announced on June 3. The winner of the second Roger Clemens Award, will be announced on Thursday, July 14 at the Marriott Westchase Hotel in Houston.

The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball's most prestigious award.

The membership of the NCBWA will choose the Xanthus-Dick Howser Trophy based on three rounds of voting. The 2005 winner will announced at the College World Series in Omaha on Friday, June 17 at 10:00 a.m. CDT.

Criteria for consideration for the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by Dick Howser's life.

The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce is in its 105th year of existence in 2004. The organization has long been a vital force in the baseball affairs of the city, both in spring training and during the pursuit of a major league baseball franchise for the Tampa Bay area, and continues its solid role in the 21st Century.

Prior won the Dick Howser Trophy in 2001.

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