McGruder Named Semifinalist for Dick Howser Trophy
McGruder led the Big 12 in 10 offensive statistical categories
May 20, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech junior second baseman Jamodrick McGruder has been named one of 35 semifinalist for the 2012 Dick Howser Trophy, an award given annually to the top collegiate baseball player.
McGruder (Mesquite, Texas) is the first Red Raider to be named a semifinalist for the Howser Trophy since 2004 when All-American first baseman Josh Brady made the list.
McGruder led the Big 12 Conference in 10 statistical categories while batting .358 with 54 runs, eight triples, 45 walks, .500 on-base percentage and is third in the nation with 39 stolen bases.
The Big 12 Conference led the way with six players up for the award while Baylor's Trent Blank and Josh Ludy, Oklahoma State's Andrew Heaney and Texas A&M pitchers Ross Stripling and Michael Wacha joined McGruder.
McGruder ranks second in both Texas Tech and Big 12 history with 90 career stolen bases. In fact, he became the first Red Raider since 1969-71 (Randy Walker) to lead the team in stolen bases in three consecutive seasons. He also became the first Tech players since 1980-82 (Bobby Kohler) to lead the team in triples during three straight seasons.
This is the 26th year of the Dick Howser Trophy presented by Easton Foundations. The award will be presented at TD Ameritrade Stadium in downtown Omaha, the home of the College World Series for the second year. The award will be presented on Friday, June 15 at 11 a.m. CT, the opening day of the 2012 CWS.