LUBBOCK, Texas (UCFKnights.com) - UCF junior right-handed pitcher Robby Howell was tabbed on Wednesday to the initial watch list for the 2016 National Pitcher of the Year Award presented by the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.
Howell is among the nation's leader in ERA and victories. He dropped his conference-leading ERA to 1.14, which ranks seventh nationally, with his third combined shutout of the season vs. USF.
The Fort White, Fla., native is one of six players in the country with a perfect 7-0 mark. Just two players in the nation have achieved eight victories, but both have suffered one defeat.
Howell, a two-time American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week, earned acknowledgement following combined shutouts against USF and at Rice.
On the campaign, opponents have posted a .183 batting average off the righty. Howell has notched 42 strikeouts over 63.1 innings of work, while only allowing 19 walks.
The American had three other representatives on the initial watch list in Evan Kruczynski (East Carolina), Nick Hernandez (Houston) and Seth Romero (Houston).
The National Pitcher of the Year award, sponsored by Diamond, will be presented on July 2 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of the annual Night of Champions Event.
The Knights are back in action on Friday at 6:30 p.m. against Tulane. The three-game set continues on Saturday at 4 p.m. The first pitch of the finale between the Knights and Green Wave begins at 1 p.m. Sunday.