DALLAS -- Recognized for his strong play, National Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) has named Houston Baseball infielder Jake Scheiner a Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist, an award given to the top player in collegiate baseball.
Scheiner currently leads the Cougars with a .345 average, 68 hits and a conference-best 49 RBI and 14 home runs through 52 games. He has helped Houston to a 34-18 overall record and a 13-8 mark in league action with three games to play.
The junior infielder has seen action at second base, shortstop and third base was previously recognized among the nation's elite as the National Player of the Week and American Player of the Week on March 20 after hitting .813 (13x16) with six home runs and 15 RBI, helping the Cougars to a 4-0 week (March 14-19). He slugged 2.063 and scored eight runs. He was also named to the Golden Spikes Midseason Award Watch List.
On the season, Scheiner owns a team-best 18 multi-hit games and 15 multi-RBI games, highlighted by a five-hit game, where he belted three home runs and drove in seven RBI in a win over Alabama State on March 19.
The Santa Rosa, Calif. native is the only American Athletic Conference student-athlete named to the list of 25 players.
Scheiner is in his first year at Houston after spending the previous two seasons at Santa Rosa JC in California.
ABOUT DICK HOWSER TROPHY
This is the 31st year of the Dick Howser Trophy. The finalists will be announced on Friday, June 9. The 2017 award will be presented at TD Ameritrade Stadium in downtown Omaha, the home of the College World Series for the seventh year. The winner will be unveiled on MLB Network on Friday, June 16 and then a press conference with the winner will be held on Saturday, June 17 at 10 a.m. (CDT), the opening day of the 2017 CWS.
The candidates hail from 11 different conferences and 21 different schools. The Atlantic Coast Conference leads the way with six semifinalists, followed by the Southeastern Conference with four, Big 12 and Pac-12 with three, Missouri Valley and Ohio Valley with two each and American Athletic, Big Ten, Conference USA, Southland and West Coast Conferences with one each. Every position on the diamond is represented, including six starting pitchers, four first basemen, four outfielders, three shortstops, two third basemen, two second basemen, two utility players, one catcher and one relief pitcher.
The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager, who died of brain cancer in 1987, 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.
Houston Baseball will open its final regular-season series vs. Cincinnati tonight at 6:30 p.m. The series will continue at 6:30 p.m. Friday and wrap at 1 p.m. Saturday.
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