Fans Vote Lemoine as Premier Player of College Baseball

July 14, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. – Houston Baseball right-handed pitcher and current Team USA member Jake Lemoine earned the respect of college baseball fans across the nation when he was voted, through an online poll, the 2014 Premier Player of College Baseball, presented by The Premier Players Sports Foundation.

The trophy is awarded to the player that received the most online votes after the Foundation narrowed the list to the Top 20 top college baseball players from across the nation in early May. The online poll closed in mid-June. The trophy will be presented to Lemoine at a later date.

According to The Premier Players Sports Foundation, more than nine million votes were calculated, naming Lemoine the 2014 recipient.  For more information, click here.

Lemoine was one of 20 finalists up for the award in 2014, which featured:

- Jake Lemoine, Houston, Pitcher, Sophomore
- 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
- Preston Morrison, TCU, Pitcher, Junior
- Skyler Ewing, Rice, Infield/C, Junior- Kyle Schwarber, Indiana, Catcher/OF, Junior

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 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.

Lemoine is currently competing for Team USA as part of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. He became the first Cougar since Michael Bourn in 2006 to compete for USA Baseball, while becoming just the fifth Cougar to represent the Collegiate National Team. Lemoine became the first Houston pitcher selected since Brad Sullivan in 2002. Lemoine and Team USA are currently in The Netherlands and will wrap up that series on July 20 before heading to Cuba.

Thus far this summer, Lemoine holds a 0.77 ERA and a 1-1 record in 11.2 innings pitched. In three appearances and two starts, he has fanned six and is holding opposing hitters to a .132 average.

LEMOINE in 2014
Enjoyed a solid sophomore campaign, earning Second Team All-American Athletic Conference honors and posting a 2.87 ERA and a 6-8 record in 17 starts... Combined for two shutouts and held opposing hitters to a .249 average... Tossed his first career complete game in a 9.0-inning, one-run, season-high nine-strikeout gem at Rutgers (April 5)... Went at least 7.0 innings in his first four starts... Didn't allow an earned run in his first 14.2 innings, posting wins over Nicholls State (Feb. 15) and Michigan (Feb. 22)... Led the pitching staff with 87 strikeouts, posting at least four in 13 of his 17 starts... Finished second-best on the team with 106.2 innings tossed...Earned wins over Nicholls State, Michigan, at UCLA (March 8), Towson (March 15), College of Charleston (March 22), Rutgers, and UConn (May 10)... Pitched 37.0 more innings and made seven more starts in 2014 compared to 2013... Allowed two hits in 10.0 shutout innings in back-to-back starts vs. Towson and College of Charleston to earn consecutive wins.

Lemoine was a major factor in helping Houston to a 48-win season, an American Conference tournament title, Regional Championship and appearance in an NCAA Super Regional for the first time since 2003.

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