May 18, 2006
Houston, TX – FSU star pitcher Tyler Chambliss was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Third Annual Roger Clemens Award this afternoon. The award, presented by the Greater Houston Baseball Association, goes to the top pitcher in college baseball. The 10 semifinalists were selected by DI baseball coaches, a selection of national media who cover college baseball, the six previous finalists for the award and the 16 winners of the R.E. “Bob” Smith Award.
Chambliss was a nominee for the Stopper of the Year Award last year and moved into a starting role in 2006. This season he is a candidate for the Dick Howser Trophy and the Brooks Wallace Award which go to the top player in college baseball. Chambliss has won ACC Pitcher of the Week this season and been named to the College Baseball Foundation’s National Honor Roll.
“This is an awesome honor for me after making the transition from closing to being a starter,” said Chambliss. “I wanted to prove to everybody I could make that move and be successful doing it. I want to be mentioned with the upper tier starters in the nation and I just thank the people at the Roger Clemens Award for recognizing me.”
Chambliss is tied for the second-most wins in the NCAA with 10 on the year. He and fellow semifinalist Andrew Miller of North Carolina are tied for the lead in wins among ACC pitchers. Chambliss is in the top 10 in the ACC for strikeouts, ERA, innings pitched and starts. In conference games only, Chambliss is among the ACC leaders in wins, innings pitched, strikeouts and complete games.
Chambliss has recorded quality starts in 11 of his 15 assignments and he has the only regular season complete game thrown by an FSU pitcher since 2004. He fanned 15 Terrapin batters in a start versus Maryland, which were the most strikeouts recorded by an FSU pitcher since 1997. He followed that up by fanning 10 versus Virginia Tech. He was the first Seminole to strike out 10 or more in back-to-back games since 1999.
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 (9th 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.
The event is administered by the Greater Houston Baseball Association, who has donated over $200,000 to the charities from the net proceeds from the first two dinners. The GHBA is a non-profit 501.3 (C) organization dedicated to the growth of amateur baseball in the Houston area.
For additional information on tables and tickets, 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.