Two Pac-10 Baseball Players Named As 2010 Golden Spikes Semifinalists

June 2, 2010

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- ARIZONA STATE sophomore second baseman Zack MacPhee and UCLA sophomore right-hander Trevor Bauer are two of 30 semifinalists for the 2010 Golden Spikes Award, announced Tuesday by USA Baseball. This year marks the 33rd-consecutive season that the award will be presented to the nation’s top amateur baseball player. 

The list of 30 players will be narrowed to five finalists on Tuesday, June 8, en route to the announcement of this year’s winner on Tuesday, July 13. The 2010 GSA will be awarded live at the Major League Baseball’s All-Star FanFest in Anaheim, Calif., as part of a production by MLB and Major League Baseball Advanced Media.

MacPhee of Phoenix, Ariz., leads the Pac-10 in three offensive categories, including on-base percentage (.490), runs scored (62) and triples (14). He ranks second in slugging percentage (.686), third in batting average (.381), RBI (59) and total bases (133), and seventh in hits (74). On the field, he has a .963 field percentage and has only committed nine errors in 50 games this season. A starter in 49 games, he helped ASU win its fourth-consecutive Pac-10 title and earn the top national seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament, marking the first top seed in program history. 

Bauer, the 2009 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, is 9-3 with a 2.84 ERA and 124 strikeouts in 101.1 innings of work this season. The Valencia, Calif., native leads the Pac-10 in strikeouts and ranks near the top of the Conference in multiple pitching categories, including second in innings pitched, third in wins, fifth in ERA and 10th in opponent batting average (.247). Bauer has been an integral part of the Bruin pitching staff that tops the league in ERA (3.02), a program-record 578 strikeouts and a .219 opponent batting average. With stellar pitching, the Bruins earned the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the first national seed in school history. 

NCAA Regional begins Friday, June 4, with both the Sun Devils and Bruins hosting. ASU opens up against Milwaukee at 7 p.m. PT, while UCLA plays Kent State at 6 p.m. PT.

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