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Weaver honored as best college pitcher

7/20/2004

HOUSTON -- Long Beach State righthander Jered Weaver
received the inaugural Roger Clemens award Thursday as the top
pitcher in college baseball.

The 6-foot-7, 205-pound Weaver was 15-1 with a 1.62 ERA and 213
strikeouts with just 21 walks in 144 innings last season. He was
chosen by the Anaheim Angels as the 12th overall pick in the June
draft.

Weaver once met Clemens when the six-time Cy Young Award winner
was pitching for the New York Yankees and Weaver's brother Jeff
also played for New York.

"That was the greatest moment of my life," Jered Weaver said.
"Now this moment is even greater. It's amazing. I never thought
something like this would happen."

Weaver won the Clemens Award over other finalists J.P. Howell of
Texas and Wade Townsend of Rice. Weaver swept the college baseball
awards by also winning the Dick Howser, Golden Spike and Baseball
America Player of the Year awards.

Clemens, who pitches for the Houston Astros, lauded all the
finalists.

"All of these guys had great years," Clemens said.
"Obviously, I knew Jeff and he told me about his younger brother
before. I've had the opportunity to talk with the J.P. and Wade as
well. They all have a lot of character, will and desire."

Weaver was chosen for the Clemens Award by a national vote of
Division I baseball coaches, selected national baseball media and
the 16 past winners of the Rotary R.E. "Bob" Smith Award, college
baseball's Player of the Year award which was retired in 2003 to
make way for the Clemens Award.

The announcement was made at the Roger Clemens Award dinner
sponsored by the Greater Houston Baseball Association.