May 1, 2012
Golden Spikes Award Watch List
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona pitcher Kurt Heyer is one of 60 players named to USA Baseball's midseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List The award is presented annually to the nation's top amateur player.
Heyer has turned in a tremendous junior year to help lead the Wildcats to a No. 11 ranking in Baseball America. The right-hander boasts an 8-1 record and a 2.42 earned run average. He has 71 strikeouts against 13 walks in 85.2 innings, and has limited opposing hitters to a .256 average. He has registered four complete games in 11 starts on the season.
The junior season continues a fabulous career for the Huntington Beach, Calif., native. With a 23-10 career record, Heyer has racked up 314 strikeouts, which leads all active Division I pitchers and ranks No. 5 in school history. Additionally, Heyer ranks fifth in games started (47) and ninth in innings pitched (326.0) at the school.
The Golden Spikes Award Watch List will continue to be a "rolling" list until May 29 -- when the final 30 semifinalists for the award are announced -- ensuring that athletes can play themselves into consideration for the award.
Meanwhile, senior designated hitter Bobby Brown was named one of five Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week announced by Collegiate Baseball on Monday. Brown turned in a torrid weekend at the plate against East Tennessee State, going 9-for-12 with a double, two triples, a home run, six runs scored and nine RBI. His two triples increased with season tally to a Pac-12-leading six.
The weekend continued a blistering 19-game stretch for the senior. Since being penciled in as the starting designated hitter on March 24, Brown has started the last 19 games, hitting safely in 18 of those contests with an impressive .410 batting average and a team-leading 24 runs batted in. Currently riding a seven-game hitting streak, Brown has raised his batting average from .211 all the way up to its present .345 over the run of games. This past weekend alone, his average increased nearly 50 points, from .298 to .345.
Arizona (29-13, 12-6 Pac-12) trails No. 10 Oregon (30-13, 14-7) by a half-game in the Pac-12 standings. The two schools open a critical three-game series at Hi Corbett Field on Friday at 6 p.m. The series continues on Saturday at 6 p.m. and concludes on Sunday at noon. All three contests will be broadcast on 1290 AM in Tucson.