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Kent State's Lauer named Pitcher of the Year

LUBBOCK, Texas -- The National College Baseball Hall of Fame is proud to announce Eric Lauer from Kent State as the winner of the 2016 National Pitcher of the Year award, sponsored by Diamond Sports.

The sophomore left-hander finished the season with the lowest ERA (0.69) in Division I to go along with a 10-2 record. The 25th overall pick in the June MLB draft, Lauer recorded 125 strikeouts on the season and led his team to the championship game of the Mid-American Conference tournament.

"To have such a low ERA and high strikeout count in Division I is impressive," said Raymond Richardson, Pitcher of the Year Award co-chair. "Eric had an exceptional season and we're excited to honor that and celebrate with him. We look forward to seeing what he accomplishes at the next level of his career."

The award will be officially presented to Lauer on Saturday during the Hall of Fame's annual Night of Champions event, along with the Brooks Wallace Award for the nation's top shortstop, the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award and the Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year Award.

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