Miller Tabbed Semifinalist For Clemens, Howser Awards

Junior lefty in the running for national honors.

Andrew Miller is a semifinalist for two of the top awards in college baseball.

Andrew Miller is a semifinalist for two of the top awards in college baseball.

May 19, 2006

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina junior left-hander Andrew Miller was named a semifinalist Thursday for two of the top awards in all of college baseball - the Dick Howser Trophy and the Roger Clemens Award. Miller is one of 16 semifinalists for the Howser Trophy, presented to the nation's top player by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and is one of 10 remaining candidates for the Clemens Award, which goes to the top collegiate pitcher in the country.

The Gainesville, Fla., product is 11-1 with a 1.71 ERA in 13 starts this season. He has 98 strikeouts to just 27 walks in 89.2 innings and is holding opponents to a .207 average. Miller struck out 11 Boston College batters Thursday to become the Tar Heels' career leader in Ks with 290 in just three seasons. He owns a 25-8 career record and is fourth in career victories at Carolina.

The membership of the NCBWA will choose the Dick Howser Trophy based on three rounds of voting. The 2006 winner will be announced at the College World Series in Omaha on Friday, June 16.

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. 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 10 semifinalists for the Clemens Award were selected during the first round of voting, which ended on May 15. Voters include all Division I head baseball coaches, a selection of national media who cover collegiate baseball, the 16 winners of the R. E. "Bob" Smith Award, which was presented to the top player in the country in Houston from 1988-2003, and the six previous finalists for the Clemens Award. The second round of voting will begin next Monday, with the announcement of the three finalists set for June 1.

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 341 games (ninth best in history), fanned 4,502 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.

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