Four Named Golden Spikes Semifinalists

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — STANFORD's Mark Appel, UCLA's Jeff Gelalich, ARIZONA's Kurt Heyer and OREGON's Alex Keudell are among the 30 semifinalists for the 2012 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, as announced by USA Baseball on Tuesday.

Stanford junior right-handed pitcher Mark Appel finished the regular season as the league leader in strikeouts with 116 over 110.0 innings, boasting a 9-1 record and a 2.37 ERA. Appel also leads the Conference in batters struck out looking (34) and is second in opposing batting average (.216).

UCLA junior outfielder Jeff Gelalich wrapped up the regular season with the Pac-12's second-best batting average at .367, and is a top-three finisher in on-base percentage (.458) and hits (79). Gelalich tallied nine home runs, 39 RBI, 50 runs scored and 15 stolen bases during the regular season.

Arizona junior right-handed pitcher Kurt Heyer heads into the postseason with an 11-2 record and a 2.03 ERA, the lowest in the Conference for a starting pitcher. Heyer has pitched a league-leading 119.2 innings this season, including six complete games. His 91 strikeouts put him behind only Appel in whiffs, and he is just one win shy of leading the Pac-12 in wins.

Oregon senior right-handed pitcher Alex Keudell completed the regular season with a 10-4 record, setting the school record for single-season wins. His 2.12 ERA is the third-lowest among Pac-12 starting pitchers. Keudell is the Friday-night starter for an Oregon team that was ranked as high as No. 5 by Baseball America and No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball this season.

The list of 30 semifinalists will be sent to a voting body consisting of past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of media that closely follow college baseball, select professional baseball personnel and current USA Baseball staff, representing a group of more than 200 voters in total.

Fans can vote for their favorite semifinalist starting Tuesday, May 29 at As part of the selection process all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of 30 names. On Tuesday, June 5, USA Baseball will announce the three finalists, and voting will once again commence that same day. Fans have until Friday, June 15 at 2 p.m. PT to vote for the winner. The award winner will be announced live on MLB Network's The Rundown on Friday, July 6.

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