UGA's Poythress up for Howser award

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Georgia junior first baseman Rich Poythress is among 16 semifinalists for the 2009 Dick Howser Trophy.

The Dick Howser Trophy is given annually to the top player in college baseball by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the College Baseball Foundation. Criteria for consideration for the Dick Howser Trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by the former Florida State All-America shortstop.

Poythress, a former Greenbrier star, leads Georgia (35-17, 15-12 SEC) with a .387 average, 21 home runs and 75 RBI this season. He is ranked in the top two in the SEC in eight statistical categories including first in hits and second in RBI, home runs, batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, total bases and runs. The Grovetown, Ga., native is just two RBI shy of tying Gordon Beckham's single season school record 77 RBI, and he is the first player in Georgia history to record two 70-RBI seasons.

The membership of the NCBWA will choose the winner of the Dick Howser Trophy based on two rounds of national voting. Three 2009 finalists will be announced just prior to the first game of the College World Series with a press conference slated for Saturday, June 13, at 9:30 a.m. Central at the Omaha Press Club in the old First National Bank Building. The winner will be named in a national broadcast from Lubbock, Texas, on Thursday, July 2.

Poythress and the Bulldogs close out the regular season this weekend at South Carolina.

2009 DICK HOWSER TROPHY SEMIFINALISTS

Pos. Name, School

Dustin Ackley, 1B, North Carolina

Matt Alexander, DH, Air Force

Kyle Bellamy, P, Miami (Fla.)

Troy Channing, 3B, St. Mary's (Calif.)

Cody Hawn, 1B, Tennessee

Chris Henderson, C, George Mason

Mike Leake, P, Arizona State

Bryan Marquez, SS, New Mexico State

OF Kent Matthes, OF, Alabama

Derek McCallum, 2B, Minnesota

Tommy Mendonca, 3B, Fresno State

A.J. Morris, P, Kansas State

Rich Poythress, 1B, Georgia

Brooks Raley, UT, Texas A&M

Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice

Stephen Strasburg, P, San Diego State


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