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Two West Coast Conference Student-Athletes Named Golden Spikes Award Semifinialists

May 27, 2014

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DURHAM, N.C. -- USA Baseball announced the semifinalists for the 2014 Golden Spikes Award on Tuesday. Twenty-one athletes from around the country were named semifinalists for the 37th Golden Spikes Award, presented to the top amateur baseball player in the U.S.

West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year Aaron Brown of Pepperdine and WCC Player of the Year Connor Joe of San Diego were each named as one of the twenty-one semifinalists.

Brown (Chatsworth, Calif./Chatsworth HS) leads the Waves both on the mound and at the plate this season, pitching his way to an 11-1 record on the year and hitting a team-high 12 home runs and 45 RBI. The junior lefty owns a 2.24 ERA and has 96 strikeouts to 34 walks. Opponents are hitting just .220 against him and have managed just 10 extra-base hits all season. Brown plays in centerfield and hits clean-up for the Waves when not on the mound, hitting .320 for the year. He is slugging .562 with 12 homers, 11 doubles and three triples.

This past season Joe (Poway, Calif./Poway HS) batted .367 with 21 doubles, two triples, nine home runs, a WCC-best 51 RBI, a .606 slugging percentage and .462 on-base percentage. In WCC play the junior hit .378 with 12 doubles, six home runs, 28 RBI while turning in a .667 slugging percentage, a .481 on-base percentage, and batted .750 with the bases loaded and .372 with runners aboard. 

The Golden Spikes Award, powered by MLB Advanced Media, will once again be the online home for the award. The website features content devoted exclusively to the GSA, including news, voting history, past winner photo galleries, and photographs and biographical information for the 2014 semifinalists. Fans can follow online at Golden Spikes Award as the list of 21 players is narrowed to a group of finalists on Tuesday, June 3.

One new player was added to the list since its last release on May 8, joining 20 others from the 30-man watch list. The Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and Atlantic Sun Conference led all conferences in watch list players, with three semifinalists each. Additionally, 10 different NCAA conferences are represented on the list. The West Coast Conference, PAC 12 Conference, Missouri Valley Conference and Big West Conference all had two athletes on the list.

Each of the 21 semifinalists represent different schools from across the country. Louisiana State's Aaron Nola makes an appearance on the 2014 Golden Spikes Award semifinalist list after also being named a semifinalist for the award in 2013.