Houston pitcher Lincoln wins Howser Trophy


OMAHA, Neb. -- Houston's Brad Lincoln, one of the top two-way college baseball players in the country, was named the winner of the Dick Howser Trophy on Friday.

The right-hander was 12-2 with a 1.69 ERA, and struck out 152 in
127 2/3 innings for the Cougars. He was one of the team's top
hitters, with a .295 batting average, 14 home runs and a
team-leading 53 RBI.

"This is like the Heisman Trophy of college baseball," Houston coach Rayner Noble said. "An honor like this puts the entire program in the limelight. Obviously, Brad is in the center of the
spotlight with the season that he had, but an award like this casts
light on the entire university."

The Conference USA player of the year was drafted fourth overall by Pittsburgh on June 6 -- the highest a Houston player has ever
been selected. He was honored in an award ceremony before the start
of the College World Series.

The award is voted on by by members of the National Collegiate
Baseball Writers Association, in conjunction with the St.
Petersburg (Fla.) Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Dick Howser Trophy is named after the former Florida State shortstop and head coach, and major league player and manager who died of brain cancer in 1987.

Among the previous winners were: Robin Ventura (1988), Jason Varitek (1994), Todd Helton (1995), Kris Benson (1996), Mark Teixeira (2000) and Mark Prior (2001).