May 3, 2007
Pepperdine University junior Barry Enright and the University of San Diego sophomore left-hander Brian Matusz were recognized as two of the nation's elite pitchers this season as both were named semi-finalists for the USA Baseball Golden 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."
Matusz (9-2, 2.62 ERA) leads the nation in strikeouts with 138 and has been one of the catalysts to the Toreros record setting season in 2007. Matusz has helped anchor down the Toreros rotation as the Friday starter. Matusz has pitched in 96.0 innings, only walking 31 batters and opponents are having difficulty hitting off the south paw as Matusz is holding opposing batters to just a .205 batting average. Matusz was twice named the National Pitcher of the Week, and also took home one WCC Co-Player of the Month. Matusz is also on the Clemmons Award Watch List, the Howser Trophy Watch List and is a candidate for CSTV's National Player of the Year.
Enright becomes the first player in Pepperdine history to be considered for the USA Baseball Gold Spikes Award. He moved into sole possession of second place on Pepperdine's all-time wins list and fifth in West Coast Conference (WCC) history with a brilliant performance versus Cal State Fullerton on May 2nd. Enright is currently 11-2 with a 1.75 ERA and ranks among the national leaders in both categories, while making 14 starts. In 103.0 innings, the junior right hander has struck out 66, walked just 12 and held opposing batters to a .237 average.