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Preston Guilmet Named Semifinalist for Roger Clemens Award
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 17, 2007
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Arizona sophomore Preston Guilmet has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2007 Roger Clemens Award, the Great Houston Baseball Association announced on Thursday.


            The Clemens Award, presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate pitcher, will be presented July 11 at the Inter-Continental Hotel Houston. Arizona’s Guilmet is one of only three sophomores to make the list of 10 and the only pitcher from the Pacific-10 Conference.


            The right-handed Guilmet is 10-1 this season with a Pac-10-leading 1.70 ERA. He has recorded a conference-high 119 strikeouts in 111 innings pitched while limiting the opposition to a lowly .207 batting average. He has four complete game wins to his credit this year, has thrown nine innings five times in 2007, has gone six or more innings in all 14 starts and has struck out nine or more batters in a start eight different times. He is the first Arizona pitcher to be named a semifinalist for the award since its inception in 2004.


            Joining Guilmet on the semifinalist list are Adrian Alaniz of Texas, Barry Enright of Pepperdine, Bryan Henry of Florida State, Brian Matusz of San Diego, Adam Mills of Charlotte, Kyle Nicholson of Texas A&M, David Price of Vanderbilt, Nick Schmidt of Arkansas and Jacob Thompson of Virginia. This group includes three seniors, four juniors and three sophomores. Six of the 10 throw right-handed.


The 10 were selected during the first round of voting, which ended on May 14. Voters include all Division 1 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 here in Houston in 1988-2003, and the 10 previous finalists for the Clemens Award. The second round of voting will begin on May 28, with the announcement of the three finalists set for June 7. Jered Weaver of Long Beach State (2004), Luke Hochevar of Tennessee (2005) and Andrew Miller (North Carolina) were the first three winners of the Clemens Award.


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 348 games (eighth best in history), fanned more than 4,600 batters 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.


Guilmet and his Arizona teammates will play their final regular season games at home this weekend when they host Washington for a three-game set this Friday-Sunday. Guilmet is scheduled to pitch the series opener on Friday at 7 p.m.

Clemens Award Semifinalists
Adrian Alaniz, Texas 12-2, 2.37 ERA, 91 IP, 24 BB, 81 K, .199 Opp BA
Barry Enright, Pepperdine 11-4, 1.78 ERA, 116 IP, 12 BB, 77 K, .241 Opp BA
Preston Guilmet, Arizona 10-1, 1.70 ERA, 111 IP, 23 BB, 119 K, .207 Opp BA
Bryan Henry, Florida State 13-0, 2.47 ERA, 98 1/3 IP, 21 BB, 102 K, .230 Opp BA
Brian Matusz, San Diego 10-2, 2.43 ERA, 111 IP, 33 BB, 152 K, .206 Opp BA
Adam Mills, Charlotte 11-2, 1.13 ERA, 119 IP, 23BB, 129 K, .182 Opp BA
Kyle Nicholson, Texas A&M 11-1, 1.74 ERA, 103 2/3 IP, 16 BB, 86 K, .212 Opp BA
David Price, Vanderbilt 9-0, 2.91 ERA, 105 1/3 IP, 26 BB, 149 K, .209 Opp BA
Nick Schmidt, Arkansas 9-2, 2.95 ERA, 100 2/3 IP, 43 BB, 97 K, .208 Opp BA
Jason Thompson, Virginia 10-0, 1.48 ERA, 91 1/3 IP, 23 BB, 85 K, .194 Opp BA

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