May 29, 2013
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - University of Notre Dame junior 3B Eric Jagielo was named one of 30 semifinalists for the 2013 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. This marks the 36th consecutive year that the award has been presented to the nation's top amateur baseball player.
Jagielo not only led the league in slugging percentage (.633) and on-base percentage (.500), but also ranked second in batting (.388), tied for second in home runs (nine), tied for fourth in total bases (124), fifth in doubles (19), tied for fifth in RBI (53), eighth in walks (35), eighth in hits (76) and tied for 10th in runs scored (47).
Only five players in the entire country have both a higher batting average (.388) and more home runs (nine) than Jagielo. He fell three base hits shy of becoming the first Notre Dame player to bat .400 over the course of an entire season since Cooper in 2006 (.425). Jagielo would have been the 10th player in the 120-year history of Irish baseball to accomplish the feat.
Jagielo ranked second on the team in multi-hit games (23) and led the club in multi-RBI outings (16). He was held hitless in just eight of his 56 games played this year. Jagielo has failed to reach base in a game just twice all year.
Jagielo was already named the 2013 BIG EAST Player of the Year. He was the fourth player in school history to earn the conference's top honor and first since Craig Cooper in 2006. Notre Dame's two other BIG EAST player of the year winners include Brant Ust (1998) and Steve Stanley (2001 and 2002).
GoldenSpikesAward.com -- 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 2013 semifinalists. Fans can follow online at GoldenSpikesAward.com as the list of 30 players is narrowed to three finalists on Tuesday, June 4.
For the third year in a row, the GSA will be awarded live on MLB Network. On Friday, July 19, the three finalists for the award will be at the live presentation, which will air during The Rundown - at 2 p.m. ET - featuring interviews, video highlights and the announcement of the winner. The presentation will also be simulcast live on GoldenSpikesAward.com and USABaseball.com.
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 2013. After working closely with sports information directors and amateur baseball media across the country to determine watch lists and the top-performing athletes, a committee voted to determine the 30 semifinalists. A ballot featuring the names and accomplishments of the 30 semifinalists will now be sent to a group of more than 220 voters which will select the three finalists and eventual winner. Beginning today fans will also be able to vote on the 2013 GSA by visiting GoldenSpikesAward.com and selecting their favorite amateur player.
"USA Baseball congratulates each of the 30 student-athletes and their respective baseball programs," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO. "The move to MLB Network two years ago was a significant step toward increasing exposure for the award among players, schools and fans, and we look forward to building on that excitement for 2013. We wish all of the semifinalists the best of luck."
Important 2013 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award dates include:
Thursday, Feb. 14 -- 50-man preseason Watch List released, shaped by USA Baseball officials and advisors
A complete list of the 30 2013 Golden Spikes Award semifinalists is as follows:
Name, Position, Class, School, Conference
Mark Appel, RHP, Senior, Stanford, Pac-12
About the Golden Spikes Award
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