Long Beach Gears Up For Kennedy-Ramos Duel on Saturday

June 3, 2005

HOUSTON -- A head to head match-up between Clemens Award semifinalists Ian Kennedy of USC and Cesar Ramos of Long Beach State highlights the lineup in Day Two of NCAA Regional Action. A total of six Clemens semifinalists will take the hill today. Voting to determine the three finalists for the second Roger Clemens Award will close this Tuesday, June 7th.

Kennedy and Ramos will battle it out in the winner’s bracket of the Long Beach Regional at 9 p.m. (central time). This is the second meeting of the year between the two hurlers. Kennedy and the Trojans defeated Ramos and the Dirtbags 4-3 on February 12 at Long Beach.

The day’s action gets underway at 2 p.m. when Lance Broadway and TCU take on Stanford in the opening game of the Waco Regional that was postponed from Friday because of bad weather. while Cesar Carrillo and Miami will meet Mississippi State in the winner’s bracket of the Coral Gables Regional at 6 p.m.while Brian Bogusevic of top-ranked Tulane will take on Alabama in the winner’s bracket of the New Orleans Regional at 6:30. The night’s action concludes when Ricky Romero and Cal-State Fullerton take on Arizona at 10 p.m.

Friday’s opening round of action saw four semifinalists take to the hill and come away with a win, two losses and a no-decision. At Knoxville, Mike Pelfrey of Wichita State tossed a complete game and scattered eight hits and two runs, but came out on the short end of a 2-1 decision to Winthrop, as the Eagles Kevin Slowey fanned 13 and held the Shockers to a lone run. Max Scherzer of Missouri also took the loss as the Tigers fell to Arizona, 5-3 in the first round of the Fullerton Regional. Luke Hochevar of Tennessee was the beneficiary of a three-run, eighth-inning rally by the Vols to win his 15th game of the season, 7-5 over Austin Peay in Knoxville. Dallas Buck of Oregon State worked the first 7 1/3 innings and allowed Ohio State just two runs, but he was not involved in the decision as the Beavers won the game 4-3 with a walk-off solo homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth.

The 10 semifinalists for the Roger Clemens Award were selected in an initial round of voting by all Division I head baseball coaches, a selection of national college baseball media, the16 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 27-June 7, with the results announced on June 9. The winner of the second Roger Clemens Award, will be announced on Thursday, July 14 at the Marriott Westchase Hotel in Houston.

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.

Tickets for the 2005 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.

For media information on The Roger Clemens Award, please contact Chuck Pool (832) 244-6476 or by email info@clemensaward.com.

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