For Immediate Release: May 3, 2006
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

Binghamton baseball pitcher Groh among candidates for Roger Clemens Award
Sophomore leads nation with 0.75 ERA, is in running for College Pitcher of Year

VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton sophomore pitcher Zach Groh (Reading, Pa.), the nation's leader in earned run average, is among the pitchers being considered for the 2006 Roger Clemens Award, given to the top collegiate pitcher in the country.

Groh (4-1), who has allowed only four earned runs in 48.0 innings, is among 89 pitchers on the "Watch List" according to the web site (clemensaward.com). He is one of 33 underclassmen being considered for the honor. The initial list was comprised of players named to preseason All-America teams by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America. Additional nominations have been submitted throughout the season.

Created in 2004, The Roger Clemens Award honors the top pitcher in college baseball. The ceremony, administered by the Greater Houston Baseball Association, will take place on July 12 in Houston.

Jered Weaver of Long Beach State was the inaugural recipient in 2004 and Luke Hochevar of Tennessee was the winner in 2005.

All Division I head baseball coaches will take part in the voting for the honor, in addition to a selected panel of national media and all past winners of the Rotary Smith Award, which was retired after the 2003 dinner by the committee that is sponsoring the Clemens Award.

Groh's next start is scheduled for Saturday, May 6, in the first game of a twinbill at America East foe Hartford.


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