Pitcher of the Year Award finalists announced
Clarke, Fulmer, Jay in running to be named nation's top hurler
LUBBOCK, Texas -- With only the College World Series remaining on the schedule, the list of finalists for the National College Baseball Hall of Fame's National Pitcher of the Year Award includes two first-round picks in this week's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
The Pitcher of the Year Award, sponsored by Diamond, will be presented as part of the College Baseball Night of Champions on June 29 in Lubbock.
Taylor Clarke from College of Charleston, Carson Fulmer from Vanderbilt and Tyler Jay from Illinois are the finalists.
"It's no surprise to see these pitchers on very successful teams," said Raymond Richardson, Pitcher of the Year Award co-chair. "They are premier talents and winners."
Clarke, drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the first pick in the third round, led the Cougars to the NCAA tournament with a 1.73 ERA in 114 innings. He finished tied for the most victories in the nation with 13, and his 143 strikeouts are currently third in the nation.
Fulmer, drafted No. 8 overall by the Chicago White Sox, led the Commodores to the College World Series on the strength of a nation-leading 13 wins and a 1.82 ERA. In 114 innings he has 152 strikeouts, good for second in the country.
Jay, drafted by the Minnesota Twins as the sixth player taken in the Draft, went 5-2 with 14 saves this year. In 66 2/3 innings he allowed 40 hits and walked just seven while compiling a 1.07 ERA.
The Night of Champions event also features the announcement of the winners of the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award and the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award, as well as the 2015 National College Baseball Hall of Fame inductions. The winners of the Johnny Bench Award and the Dick Howser Trophy also will be recognized.
For more information on the National Pitcher of the Year Award or the National College Baseball Hall of Fame's Night of Champions, visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.