May 1, 2007
Malibu, Calif. - Junior All-American Barry Enright, who has established himself as one of the top pitchers in Pepperdine history and one of the best in the country, was recognized by USA Baseball as one of 50 semi-finalists for the 2007 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, it was announced on Tuesday.
Enright becomes the first player in Pepperdine history to be considered for the USA Baseball Gold Spikes Award.
This year will mark the 30th consecutive year that the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award has been presented to the nation's premier amateur baseball player. The winner's name will be announced on June 29, 2007, during the 2007 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Show presented by Major League Baseball.
In 2007 USA Baseball instituted a new selection and balloting procedure for the most prestigious award in amateur baseball. After accepting nominations from sports information directors across the country, a committee voted to determine the 50 semi-finalists. The names of the 50 semi-finalists will now be forwarded to a voting body of 125 who will select the 5 finalists and the eventual 2007 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Winner.
"USA Baseball is extremely proud to recognize these 50 athletes and their respective baseball programs as semi-finalists for the 2007 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award," Paul Seiler, USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO, said. "To see 40 different schools represented on this year's semi-finalist list speaks to the level of college baseball talent across the country."
Enright is currently 10-2 with a 1.89 ERA and ranks among the national leaders in both categories while making 13 starts. In 95.0 innings, the junior right hander has struck out 62, walked just 10 and held opposing batters to a .249 average.
Enright has a 33-5 career mark and 3.58 ERA while making 52 appearances, including 51 starts. He is tied with Mike Fetters (1984-86) for second on Pepperdine's all-time career wins list and fifth in West Coast Conference (WCC) history.
For the past 29 years, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award. Following the first ever presentation of the Award to Bob Horner of Arizona State in 1978, the Golden Spikes Award has been presented each year to the player who exhibits exceptional athletic ability and exemplary sportsmanship. The 2006 Golden Spikes Award winner was Tim Lincecum of the University of Washington.
Past winners of this prestigious award include current Major League Baseball players such as Alex Gordon ('05), Rickie Weeks ('03), Khalil Greene ('02), Jason Jennings ('00), Pat Burrell (`98), J.D. Drew ('97), Mark Kotsay ('95), and Jason Varitek ('94). Former Major League stars that have captured the award include Robin Ventura ('88), Jim Abbott ('87), Will Clark ('85), Dave Magadan ('83), Terry Francona ('80), Tim Wallach ('79), and Bob Horner ('78).
USA Baseball is the National Governing Body of amateur baseball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The organization selects and trains the USA Baseball National Team, the USA Baseball Junior National Team (18-under), the USA Baseball Youth National Team (16-under), the USA Baseball 14U National Team (14-under), and the USA Baseball Women's National Team which participate in various international competitions each year. For more information on USA Baseball please log onto www.usabaseball.com.
The naming of Enright to the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award semi-finalist list comes on the heals of him being selected as one of 50 candidates named to the watch list for the Dick Howser Trophy that is presented by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
The Dick Howser Trophy goes to the top player in college baseball and is given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop an former major league manager who died of brain cancer in 1987, and is regarded by many as college baseball's most prestigious award.
Criteria for consideration for the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, and qualities exemplified by Dick Howser's life.
The membership of the NCBWA will choose winner of the Dick Howser Trophy based on three rounds of voting. The 2007 winner will be announced at the College World Series in Omaha on Friday, June 15 at 10 a.m. (CDT).