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Pair of Sooners Tabbed as Howser Trophy Semifinalists
May 17, 2013

Oklahoma’s Jonathan Gray and Matt Oberste are semifinalists for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association 2013 Dick Howser Trophy.

Gray is third in the Big 12 with a 1.43 overall ERA and holds an 8-2 record, including three league victories. He passed the 100-strikeout milestone for the second straight season (112), becoming just the sixth Sooner to do so in back-to-back years. In conference games, the junior has 63 strikeouts in 53.0 innings, the most in the Big 12. He currently sits tied for second with Musgrave in innings pitched (53.0), and is fourth in opponent batting average (.178) in league-only rankings.

Oberste currently leads the Big 12 in batting (.400), hits (80), RBI (50), total bases (136) and slugging percentage (.680).

He began the season with a 30-game hit streak to begin the year, setting Big 12 and OU records, and just ended another 14-game hitting streak. Oberste broke the OU program record with his 28th-straight game, hitting a home run in the first game of the series against Kansas to break the previous mark set by Marty Neff in 1991.

The award, given to the top player in collegiate baseball, is based on two rounds of national voting. Previous Big 12 recipients of the honor are Taylor Jungmann (Texas, 2011), Alex Gordon (Nebraska, 2005) and Jason Jennings (Baylor, 1999).

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