Oklahoma pitching ace Jonathan Gray and the Sooners offensive leader Matt Oberste are both semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy that honors the top player in college baseball every year as determinined by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Gray, a junior, is expected to be one of the top five players taken in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft. He owns an 8-2 record as a starter this season, and has an overall ERA of 1.43, third best in the Big 12. Gray has struck out struck out over 100 batters for two successive seasons. Opposing conference teams are hitting just .178 when facing Gray.Entering the final weekend of the regular season, Oberste was leading the Big 12 in five offensive categories: batting average (.400), hits (80), RBI (50), total bases (136) and slugging percentage (.680). Oberste started out the season with a 30-game hitting streak, a Big 12 record, and also has a 14-game hitting streak this season.
Three former Big 12 players have been awarded the Howser Trophy: pitcher Taylor Jungmann of Texas in 2011, Alex Gordon of Nebraska (now with the Kansas City Royals) in 2005 and Baylor pitcher Jason Jennings in 1999.