DALLAS – Oklahoma State pitcher Andrew Heaney has been named a semifinalist for the 2012 Dick Howser Trophy, which is given to the top player in collegiate baseball, it was announced today by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Heaney, a junior southpaw for the Cowboys, is one of 35 semifinalists for the award. He is one of 10 starting pitchers on the list.
In his 14 starts this season, Heaney is 8-1 with five complete games, three shutouts and a 1.63 ERA. He ranks second in the NCAA with 132 strikeouts in 110.1 innings and has recorded eight or more strikeouts in 11 of his 14 appearances, including six in which he’s struck out 10 or more.
Heaney is the first OSU pitcher since 2000 to record 100 or more strikeouts in a season, and his 132 Ks are the fifth-highest single-season total by a Cowboy pitcher. He leads the Big 12 with three shutouts, which is tied for the third most in a single season in OSU history, and also tops the conference in complete games and innings pitched. He ranks second in the league in ERA, wins and opponents batting average (.183).
The Dick Howser Trophy is given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and Major League Baseball player and manager, who died of brain cancer in 1987 and is regarded by many as college baseball's most prestigious award. Criteria for consideration of the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by Dick Howser's life.
This is the 26th year of the Dick Howser Trophy presented by Easton Foundations. The award will be presented at TD Ameritrade Stadium in downtown Omaha, the home of the College World Series for the second year. The award will be presented on Friday, June 15, the opening day of the 2012 CWS.