Cal's Brandon Morrow a Semifinalist for the Roger Clemens Award

May 18, 2006

HOUSTON, TEXAS - University of California junior right-hander Brandon Morrow, a third-team preseason All-American in Baseball America, has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2006 Roger Clemens Award, which honors the top pitcher in college baseball. Morrow joins a list that includes Oregon State's Dallas Buck, Florida State's Tyler Chambliss, Rice's Eddie Degerman, Virginia's Sean Doolittle, Washington's Tim Lincecum, Houston's Brad Lincoln, North Carolina's Andrew Miller, Vanderbilt's David Price and Cal State Fullerton's Wes Roemer. The three finalists for the Clemens Award will be announced June 1.

Morrow is having an outstanding season, owning a 7-3 record with a Pac-10 leading 1.74 ERA. He is also second in the conference with 96 strikeouts in 93.3 innings (fourth in the Pac-10), and opponents are batting .200 against him (second in the Pac-10). Morrow has two complete games (at UNLV, at Stanford) to his credit, and has only allowed 36 walks and 65 hits in his 93.3 innings. He has notched wins over UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, UNLV, Pacific, Washington, Arizona and Washington State.

A hard-throwing right-hander, Morrow was selected a third-team preseason All-American after an outstanding 2005 summer in the prestigious Cape Cod League. He was a Cape Cod League All-Star for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, striking out 24 batters in 14.7 innings with a 1.84 ERA and three saves. Morrow was also picked as the fifth-best professional prospect out of the Cape Cod League by Baseball America, throwing in the mid-to-high 90s with a slider, change-up and split-finger fastball.

Morrow is next scheduled to pitch Friday, May 26 at 7 p.m. at No. 13-ranked Arizona State's Packard Stadium.

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