Feb. 19, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - USA Baseball announced its pre-season Golden Spikes Award Watch List this week and Fresno State junior pitcher Tanner Scheppers has been named to the list. He is just one of two student-athletes, along with Luke Burnett of Louisiana Tech to be named to the list.
The release of the watch list marks USA Baseball's first step toward identifying the top player in college baseball. The initial list - the first ever of its kind for the Golden Spikes Award - features 75 of the nation's top collegiate talents, as nominated by baseball sports information directors across the country. The watch list will also be "rolling" to ensure that athletes who play themselves into consideration by USA Baseball for the Golden Spikes Award are not ignored.
Scheppers had a 4.74 ERA in 2007 with a 7-5 win-loss record and was a First Team All-WAC and an NCAA San Diego Regional All-Tournament team member. He was also a 2008 pre-season All-WAC honoree.
The Golden Spikes Award is sponsored by Major League Baseball, and 2008 marks the 31st installment of the award.
On May 20, USA Baseball officials will cut the watch list of players to 50 names. The final list of 50 will then be sent to a voting body consisting of select professional baseball personnel, past USA Baseball National Team coaches, select members of the media, former USA Baseball sports information directors, and current USA Baseball staff - close to 150 voters in total.
Additionally, for the first time ever, fan voting will be a part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2008. May 20 will also mark the day when college baseball fans from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite player for the Golden Spikes Award on www.usabaseball.com. As part of this May selection process all voters will be asked to choose five players from the list of 50 names. On June 3, USA Baseball will announce the five finalists, and voting will once again commence that same day.
Bobby Jones (1991), Tom Goodwin (1989) and John Hoover (1981) are the only three Bulldogs to make the list of finalists in their respective seasons.
"Join the State - Fresno State!" - The Fresno State baseball team opens the 2008 home season at Beiden Field with a 4-game series against UC Davis beginning Friday, February 22 at 6:05 p.m. The `Dogs will play a doubleheader on Saturday, February 23 beginning at 2:05 p.m. and a single game Sunday, February 24 at 2:05 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at (559) 485-TIX, in person at the Bulldog box office or at Beiden Field on game day.
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