Jeffrey Inman Named to Golden Spikes Award Watch List

Feb. 17, 2009

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford junior right-handed pitcher Jeffrey Inman is one of 50 players selected to the preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List, USA Baseball announced today. Sponsored by Major League Baseball, the Golden Spikes Award is in its 32nd season honoring the top player in college baseball. The list will be paired down to 30 on May 26 and again to five finalists on June 2, while the winner will be announced in a July 15 awards show as part of MLB All-Star festivities in St. Louis.

Inman played a key role in Stanford's run to the 2008 College World Series, going 7-2 with a 4.27 ERA (34er, 71.2ip) in 16 games (13 starts) as a sophomore. The right-hander showed why he is considered among the nation's top pitchers during a stellar seven-outing, six start stretch in March and April in which he went 5-0 with a 1.49 ERA (6er, 36.1ip). His final start of the season came at the College World Series, when he allowed just two runs and struck out five over 5.1 innings against eventual finalist Georgia. For the season, Inman held right-handed batters to a .246 average (35-for-142).

The Bakersfield, Calif. native followed his sophomore collegiate campaign by striking out 34 batters in just 31.1 innings for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, and was tabbed by Baseball America as the ninth-best prospect in the 2008 Cape Cod League. Baseball America has also named Inman to its preseason All-America third team.

Stanford, which is ranked as high as No. 5 in national preseason polls, is scheduled to open its 2009 campaign with four home games this weekend at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond. Inman is slated to take the ball for the season opener on Friday, February 20 at 5:30 p.m. against Vanderbilt. The Cardinal will also host the Commodores for a single game on Saturday, February 21 (1:00 p.m.) before welcoming UC Riverside for a Sunday, February 22 doubleheader (12:00 p.m.).

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