May 12, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. – Houston sophomore Jake Lemoine has been named one of 20 finalists up for The Premier Player of College Baseball Trophy, which honors the nation’s top player, presented by The Premier Players Sports Foundation.
The Bridge City, Texas native owns a 2.07 ERA and is 6-4 in 13 starts during his sophomore campaign. The righty-hander leads the Houston pitching staff with 79 strikeouts in 87.0 innings pitched, while holding opponents to a .220 average.
Lemoine has been instrumental in the success of Houston’s 39-13 season to this point. He is a huge part of the nation’s leading pitching staff, which owns a 1.96 ERA and has struck out 347 hitters and walked just 89 in 463.0 innings, while limiting opponents to a .218 average.
Lemoine recently accepted his invitation to compete for Team USA this summer of their Collegiate National Team, joining elite college players from across the nation.
The Premier Player of College Baseball Trophy is sponsored by the Premier Players Sports Foundation out of Tampa, Fla., which honors the nation’s top college baseball player at the end of the season.
It is a fan poll, so fans are asked to vote via the online poll by CLICKING HERE. The winner will be announced later this summer.
The Premier Player of College Baseball candidates include:
- Nathan Kirby, Virginia, Pitcher, Sophomore
- Michael Conforto, Oregon State, OF, Junior
- Matt Hicks, UL-Lafayette, Pitcher, Senior
- DJ Stewart, Florida State, OF, Sophomore
- Casey Bloomquist, Cal Poly, Pitcher, Sophomore
- Aaron Nola, LSU, Pitcher, Junior
- Nick Burdi, Louisville, Pitcher, Junior
- Danny Young, Florida, Pitcher, Sophomore
- Donnie Walton, Oklahoma State, Shortstop, Sophomore
- Tyler Beede, Vanderbilt, Pitcher, Junior
- Grayson Greiner, South Carolina, Catcher, Junior
- Jeff Golf, Oregon, Pitcher, Senior
- Tyler Davis, Washington, Pitcher, Junior
- Chris Ellis, Mississippi, Pitcher, Junior
- Chris Diaz, Miami, Pitcher, Junior
- Lukas Schiraldi, Texas, Pitcher, Junior
- Jake Lemoine, Houston, Pitcher, Sophomore
- Preston Morrison, TCU, Pitcher, Junior
- Skyler Ewing, Rice, Infield/C, Junior
ABOUT THE PREMIER PLAYERS SPORTS FOUNDATION
The Premier Player of College Baseball & Softball Trophy is one of four major awards presented by the Premier Players Sports Foundation. Others include The Premier Player of College Football, The Premier Player of College Basketball (for men and women); and The Premier Player of College Hockey awards – all voted by the fans. The 19 lb. trophy is crafted by MTM Recognition, a leader in the design and manufacturing of awards for world-class events including the Olympics, Super Bowl, World Series and NCAA Championships.
The Premier Players Sports Foundation is based in Tampa, FL. Its mission is to provide orphaned, foster care and specials needs children the opportunity to play by providing proper equipment, apparel and league sponsorships.
Vote for The 2014 Premier Player of College Baseball and Softball at www.premierplayers.com.
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Houston will return to the city to face Rice at Constellation Field (home of Sugar Land Skeeters) in Sugar Land, Texas at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are available at www.sugarlandskeeters.com.