Pomeranz wins Ferriss Trophy

Published 12:36 am Tuesday, May 25, 2010

CLEVELAND — Junior left-hander Drew Pomeranz was named the 2010 recipient of the Cellular South Ferriss Trophy on Monday night by the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame at the Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State University.

The Cellular South Ferriss Trophy is presented annually to the top collegiate baseball player in the state of Mississippi and is named for “Boo” Ferriss, former Delta State head coach and member of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, Delta State Hall of Fame and Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame.

The three finalists for this year’s award were Pomeranz, Todd McInnis (Southern Miss) and Connor Powers (Mississippi State).

“We are very proud of Drew to be the fourth player from Ole Miss to win the Ferriss Trophy,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “It was certainly one of the best fields of finalists we’ve ever had for this award. We feel he is more than deserving of this award after the year he has had for us and he will definitely go down as one of the best pitchers in Ole Miss’ history.”

Pomeranz joins previous Rebel players Stephen Head (2004), Brian Pettway (2005) and Scott Bittle (2008) in being named a recipient of the award.

“It feels great to be named the best collegiate player in the state with all of the great players in the state of Mississippi, especially when you consider the quality of the players who were nominated for the award this year,” Pomeranz said.

This season, Pomeranz has served as the Friday night starter for the Rebels pitching staff and anchored the weekend rotation in that role. The southpaw has posted a 7-2 record on the year and leads the Southeastern Conference in strikeouts (127), ERA (2.39) and opposing batting average (.189) while helping Ole Miss compile an overall record of 36-20 and 16-14 in the Southeastern Conference.

With his six strikeouts against No. 16 Auburn this past Thursday, Pomeranz hit the 332 strikeout mark for his career, tying for the top spot on the career strikeout list at Ole Miss with Lance Lynn. Pomeranz will get a chance to break that mark against South Carolina on Wednesday in the first game of the SEC tournament.