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Verlander One of Ten Finalists For Roger Clemens Award

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Release: May 23, 2004
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May 23, 2004

HOUSTON, TX-Old Dominion University junior righthander Justin Verlander (Goochland, VA.) is on the list of 10 hurlers who were named semi-finalists for the inaugural Roger Clemens Award (College Baseball's Pitcher of the Year), as selected by the nation's Division I head coaches and selected national media.

Verlander is joined by Jered Weaver(Long Beach State), Phillip Humber (Rice), Wade Townsend (Rice), J.P.Howell and Huston Street (Texas), Matt Fox (Central Florida), Justin Hoyman (Florida), Nate Moore (Troy State), Mike Pelfrey (Wichita State).

Verlander currently is 7-5 with a 3.19 earned run average. He has already set an ODU and CAA mark with 145 strikeouts in just 98 innings thus far this season and has 421 career strikeouts in just 328 innings. Verlander fanned 17 this season in a game at James Madison, tying his career high as a freshman against the Dukes. He has already been named CAA Pitcher of the Week three times this Year and National Player of the Week once. He ranks third in the nation in strikeouts.

Voting to determine the three finalists will be announced on June 9. The winner of the first Roger Clemens Award will be announced at the Conclusion of the Roger Clemens Award Dinner, which will be held on July 15 at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston.

THE ROGER CLEMENS FINALISTS Jered Weaver (Long Beach) 14-0 1.27 ERA 171 strikeouts in 113 IP. J.P. Howell (Texas) 11-2 1.79 ERA Huston Street (Texas) 4-1 1.53 ERA 9 saves Phillip Humber(Rice) 11-2 1.66 ERA 121 strikeouts Wade Townsend (Rice) 10-0 1.55 ERA Matt Fox (Central Florida) 11-2 2.02 ERA Justin Hoyman (Florida) 10-1 2.62 ERA Nate Moore (Troy State) 7-3 1.15 ERA Mike Pelphrey (Wichita St.) 10-1 2.00 ERA Justin Verlander (ODU) 7-5 3.19 ERA 145 strikeouts in 98 IP

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