Oregon's Sherfy named Howser semifinalist

EUGENE — Oregon's Jimmie Sherfy has been named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) has announced. The Ducks' closer is one of 40 semifinalists for the honor.

The junior right-hander leads the nation in saves with 20, tying his school record of 19 on Wednesday against Gonzaga, while boasting a 2-0 record and a 1.00 ERA. He also led all active players in the country in strikeouts per nine innings (13.05) and was second in career saves (38) going into Friday's game against Oregon State.

Previously, Sherfy was named to the mid-season watch list for the Golden Spikes Award, which is sponsored by Major League Baseball and honors the top amateur baseball player in the country, as well as the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List and the latest Pitcher of the Year Watch List that was narrowed to 22 candidates this week.

Sherfy earned multiple postseason All-America honors as a sophomore after finishing the season with 19 saves and a 2.20 ERA. The right-hander claimed first-team ABCA/Rawlings All-America recognition, while being named second-team All-America by the NCBWA, Baseball America, and Perfect Game, and third-team by Louisville Slugger. Sherfy was also a NCBWA Stopper of the Year finalist and claimed first-team All-Pac 12 accolades after leading the league in saves.

Sherfy first set an Oregon record with 19 saves last season while finishing with a 5-3 record in 36 appearances. He struck out 93 hitters in just 61.1 innings (an average of 13.6 strikeouts per nine innings pitched) and held opponents to a .172 batting average.

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