Tech’s Fincher named 2021 Dick Howser Trophy semifinalist

Photo of Louisiana Tech’s Jonathan Fincher by JONATHAN MAILHES

LA Tech Athletics Communications

DALLAS – Louisiana Tech starting pitcher Jonathan Fincher is one of 42 nationally named a 2021 Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist, as announced by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Fincher, the Bulldogs’ Friday night ace, concluded the conference season ranked first among C-USA pitchers with a .202 batting average against him. LA Tech’s Friday night ace also ranked second in the league in innings pitched (80.1) and third in ERA (2.58). Fincher has posted two complete-game shutouts in 2021, including a one-hitter at Tulane on March 19. The southpaw earned C-USA Pitcher of the Week honors twice during his exceptional season on the mound.

The left-hander joins Charlotte’s Austin Knight and Old Dominion’s Carter Trice as the three Conference USA honorees on the 42-person list. Fincher is the only C-USA pitcher recognized on the semifinalist list.

The Dick Howser Trophy, which honors the former Florida State All-America shortstop, considers on-field performance, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by Howser’s life.

Former Dick Howser Trophy winners include Ricky Weeks, David Price, Buster Posey, Stephen Strasburg, Anthony Rendon, Kris Bryant and Andrew Benintendi. Finalists for the award will be announced on June 10.

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