Prihoda Voted Bearkats' MVP

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Luke Prihoda, senior right-handed reliever from Weimar, has been voted by his teammates as Sam Houston State baseball 2007 "Most Valuable Player."

The winner of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's Stopper of the Year Award, a Collegiate Baseball second team All-America selection, the Southland Conference's "Pitcher of the Year," and the SLC post-season tournament "Most Valuable Player," Prihoda pitched in 35 of Sam Houston's 64 games this year.

He led NCAA Division I baseball in saves with 18, setting both Southland
Conference and Sam Houston State season records. Prihoda compiled a 1.61 earned run avearge and a 7-3 won-loss record, striking out 65 batters while walking only 11 in 72 and two-thirds innings.

Bobby Verbick, junior left fielder from Angleton, was voted by as teammates as Bearkat "Hitter of the Year."

Verbick produced a .370 batting average, playing in all 64 games. He led the team with 23 doubles, five triples, 14 home runs, and 81 runs batted in. Verbick had 30 multiple hit games and led the Bearkats with 21 multiple RBI contests.

Clint Mann, senior second baseman from Pearland, was voted as the winner of the team's "Hustle/Spirit" award.

Mann started all 64 games at second base, hitting .278 with eight doubles and three triples. He totaled nine stolen bases and was credited with 130 put outs and 159 assists on defense.

All three Bearkat award winners were named to the 2007 All-Southland
Conference team with Prihoda and Verbick earning first team honors while Mann was an honorable mention selection.