DALLAS, Texas – Eastern Kentucky University baseball senior Ben Fisher was named as a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, given annually to college baseball’s premier player, by the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association on Thursday.
This is the first Dick Howser Trophy semifinalist in EKU baseball history. Christian Friedrich was named to the watch list in 2008, and Charlie Yarbrough made the watch list in 2006, but neither made the cut for the semifinalist list.
Fisher ranks second in the NCAA with 23 home runs, and leads the nation in runs with 67. He also has the fifth most RBIs nationally with 67, and holds the number three spot in total bases with 158. His 23 home runs are a single season school record.
The Richmond native was named to the Golden Spikes Award Watch List in April. Fisher was also named to the Midseason Perfect Game/Rawlings All-American First Team in April, as well as earning Academic All-District honors earlier this month, and winning two Madness National Player of the Week Awards in consecutive weeks in March.
The finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy will be announced on Thursday, June 8. The award will be presented to the winner on Saturday, June 17 at the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball's most prestigious award.
Past winners of the Dick Howser Trophy include Mark Teixeira (Georgia Tech, 2000), David Price (Vanderbilt, 2007), Buster Posey (Florida State, 2008), Kris Bryant (San Diego, 2013) and Andrew Benintendi (Arkansas, 2015).