May 7, 2007
DURHAM, N.C. - LMU baseball's Eric Farris has been named a semifinalist for USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Award. The Lions' infielder is among the 50 national semifinalists for the award, presented to college baseball's top player in June.
Farris, the preseason 2007 WCC Player of the Year, currently ranks in the top-50 in the nation in both stolen bases and strikeouts per at bat. He is also among the West Coast Conference's top-10 players in batting average, hits, triples, runs, stolen bases, and total bases.
The Lions' junior leads LMU with a .338 batting average, 72 hits, 43 runs scored, and 30 stolen bases. Farris is the first Lion since 1984 to post 30 stolen bases in a season. With less than three complete seasons under his belt, Farris already ranks 5th all-time at LMU in career stolen bases.
Farris spent last summer in the Cape Cod Baseball League, the nation's premier collegiate summer league. The Chandler, Ariz. native finished as the all-league second baseman and among the league-leaders in batting average.
Farris is one of 20 infielders among the Golden Spikes semifinalists.
"USA Baseball is extremely proud to recognize these 50 athletes and their respective baseball programs as semifinalists for the 2007 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award," USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO said in a release last week. "To see 40 different schools represented on this year's semifinalist list speaks to the level of college baseball talent across the country."
Farris was one of three players from the West Coast Conference among the semifinalists. Pepperdine's Barry Enright and San Diego's Brian Matusz were also recognized.
The 2007 season marks the 30th consecutive year that USA Baseball will present its Golden Spikes Award to college baseball's premier player. The winner will be announced 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 around college baseball, a committee voted to determine the 50 semifinalists.
A voting body of 125 will select the five finalists and the eventual 2007 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award winner.