Big 12 Tabs Five Semifinalists for Golden Spikes Award
Courtesy: Big12Sports.com
          Release: 05/29/2012
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Josh Turley (Baylor) and Andrew Heaney (Oklahoma State) along with Texas A&M's Tyler Naquin, Ross Stripling and Michael Wacha are five of 30 semifinalists for the 2012 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award.

Texas A&M tops all schools with its three semifinalists, while the Big 12's five total is second-best among all conferences.

The Golden Spikes Award is presented annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country. Fans can follow online at GoldenSpikesAward.com as the list of 30 players is narrowed to three finalists on Tuesday, June 5. Fans can also participate in an online vote, which ends on Friday, June 1. The trophy will be awarded on July 6.

Turley ranks second in the Big 12 with a 1.64 ERA and is 9-0 on the year in 14 starts. He ranks third in the Conference in innings pitched with 93.1 on the year. The junior has limited batters to a .223 average and has fanned 67.

Heaney, the 2012 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, is first in the nation with 140 strikeouts and ranks eighth with a 1.60 ERA. On the year, the junior went 8-2 with six complete games. He also held batters to a .180 average.

Naquin, last season's Big 12 Player of the Year, leads the Big 12 with a .384 average and ranks first in the Conference with 88 hits, a category he led the nation in a year ago. The junior is also third in the league in runs (53), stolen bases (21), total bases (124) and on-base percentage (.463).

Wacha (8-1) and Stripling (10-3) have combined to go 18-4 for the Aggies this year. Wacha carries a 2.21 ERA into the NCAA postseason and has fanned 107 in 106 innings pitched. The junior has tossed two complete games this season. Stripling has fve complete games to his name, including a no-hitter against San Diego State in May. The senior is sixth on the Big 12 career wins chart with 31 victories and has totaled 330 strikeouts over his four years at A&M.

The Big 12 has produced a pair of Golden Spikes Award winners (Jason Jennings, Baylor, 1999 and Alex Gordon, Nebraska, 2005) as well as
eight finalists, including Texas pitcher Taylor Jungmann last season.

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