May 28, 2009
Junior Angelo Songco was named one of 30 semifinalists for the 2009 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award (GSA), it was announced on Tuesday. The native of Granada Hills, Calif. is the only player from the WCC that is on the list. This year will mark the 32nd consecutive year that the award has been presented to the nation's premier amateur baseball player.
Songco recently concluded another stellar year for the Lions in 2009. He finished the campaign as the team-leader in nine offensive categories. His .360 batting average, .678 slugging percentage, .481 on base percentage, 63 RBI, 15 home runs, 77 hits, 65 runs scored, 41 walks and 145 total bases all placed him tops on the team, while his three triples, 11 hit-by-pitches and five stolen bases ranked second overall. His walk and runs totals, along with his on base percentage, placed him first in the West Coast Conference, while his home runs, slugging percentage, total bases and RBI all ranked second. Placing first on the team in multiple-hit games with 23, he amassed four hits on two occasions (March 3 at UC Irvine and April 14 at UC Riverside). With 15 home runs this season, he has collected 34 in his career, claiming sole possession of seventh in the All-Time LMU Record Books, one behind the sixth spot on the list. The 15 homers placed tied for eighth in the Single-Season Record Book, while his 377 career total bases place him ninth all-time. He is also eighth on the All-Time doubles list with 56.
This year marks the second year in a row that GoldenSpikesAward.com - powered by MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball - will be the online home for the award. The Web site features content devoted exclusively to the GSA, including news, voting history, past-winner photo galleries, and photographs and video highlights for the 2009 semifinalists. Fans can follow online at GoldenSpikesAward.com as the list of 30 players is narrowed to five finalists on Tuesday, June 2, en route to the announcement of this year's winner on Tuesday, July 14.
The 2009 GSA will be awarded live at MLB's All-Star FanFest in St. Louis as part of a production by Major League Baseball and MLBAM. Online footage of the event will be found shortly thereafter, exclusively at GoldenSpikesAward.com and MLB.com.
Headlining this year's semifinalists are Dustin Ackley (North Carolina), Chris Dominguez (Louisville), Stephen Strasburg (San Diego State), and Alex White (North Carolina), all of whom were also 2008 GSA semifinalists.
Five schools lead the way with two semifinalists each (Arizona State, Indiana, Louisville, San Diego State, and North Carolina). In total, 25 colleges and universities are represented on the 2009 semifinalist list. Among conferences, the Atlantic Coast Conference is tops with five players on the list, and the Big XII has four.
In 2007, USA Baseball instituted a new selection and balloting procedure for the most prestigious award in amateur baseball, and it will follow the same model again in 2009. After accepting nominations from sports information directors across the country, a committee voted to determine the 30 semifinalists. The names of the 30 semifinalists will now be forwarded to a voting body of 125 who will select the five finalists and the eventual 2009 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award winner.
"USA Baseball is proud to recognize the 30 semifinalists and their respective baseball programs for the 2009 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO. "With 25 schools and 14 conferences represented, it is clear that the level of competition within college baseball and for the Golden Spikes Award is as high as ever."