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Meet the 2015 Golden Spikes Award Semifinalists

Bats: L | Throws: L | AVG: .415 | H: 78
R: 53 | HR: 17 | RBI: 51

Recently named the 2015 SEC Player of the Year, Andrew Benintendi has logged 17 home runs, leading him to one of the highest slugging percentages among the semifinalists (.771). He leads the Razorbacks in batting average (.415) as of May 18 and his speed on the bases has proven beneficial for Arkansas as he is 21 for 25 in stolen base attempts this season.

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Andrew Benintendi
Outfielder, Arkansas

Bats: R | Throws: R | W: 6 | L: 1
ERA: 0.79 | K: 54 | BB: 5 | IP: 57

David Berg entered his final season at UCLA as their all-time record holder for most postseason appearances (17) and career saves (36). The closer holds a 6-1 record as of May 18 and has recorded 12 saves and a stellar 0.79 ERA. He has logged 54 strike outs and only 5 walks in 57 total innings.

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David Berg
Pitcher, UCLA

Bats: R | Throws: R | W: 9 | L: 1
ERA: 1.45 | K: 166 | BB: 21 | IP: 86.2

The sophomore out of Southern Nevada has been more than dominant on the mound this season. Phil Bickford has started 16 games, recording a notable 166 strikeouts and holding his opponents to a .147 batting average. He enters the postseason with a 9-1 record and a 1.45 ERA.

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Phil Bickford
Pitcher, College of Southern Nevada

Bats: R | Throws: R | AVG: .329 | H: 73
R: 53 | HR: 9 | RBI: 44

Alex Bregman has proven to be a dominant player in the SEC, helping the LSU Tigers maintain their first place ranking. In the regular season, he tallied 73 hits, 22 doubles, and 44 RBIs. In 55 game appearances, he has averaged .329 at the plate and holds a consistent slugging percentage (.577) and on-base percentage (.417). On the bases, he is a threat to any catcher with 29 stolen bases in 38 attempts. His impressive performances have earned him a spot as a First-Team All-SEC selection.

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Alex Bregman
Infielder, LSU

Bats: R | Throws: R | W: 12 | L: 1
ERA: 1.46 | K: 126 | BB: 14 | IP: 98.2

Holding one of the best records (12-1) among the semifinalists is RHP Taylor Clarke. In 98.2 innings pitched, Clarke has maintained a 1.46 ERA and totaled 126 strike outs. He has limited his walks to just 14 and held his opponents to a .184 batting average. On May 19, Clarke was named the CAA Pitcher of the Year.

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Taylor Clarke
Pitcher, College of Charleston

Bats: R | Throws: L | W: 10 | L: 1
ERA: 1.42 | K: 91 | BB: 33 | IP: 95

Recently named the ACC Pitcher of the Year, Matthew Crownover has been Clemson's ace all season. He has held batters to a .187 batting average and finished the season with a 10-2 record. Crownover started 15 games this season, logging 99 strike outs and limited hitters to 67 hits going into tournament play. He finished the regular season with a 1.59 ERA.

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Matthew Crownover
Pitcher, Clemson

Bats: L | Throws: L | AVG: .437 | H: 101
R: 81 | HR: 17 | RBI: 66

Donnie Dewees has recorded an impressive 101 hits for North Florida, including 12 doubles, 7 triples, and 17 home runs. He has led the Ospreys in RBIs (66), batting average (.428), slugging percentage (.754) and holds only 14 strike outs on the season. Dewees is a three-time Atlantic Sun Player of the Week selection and was unanimously named the conference's 2015 Player of the Year.

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Donnie Dewees
Outfielder, North Florida

Bats: R | Throws: R | W: 7 | L: 5
ERA: 1.62 | K: 107 | BB: 6 | IP: 105.1

Recently named the Big West's Pitcher of the Week, Thomas Eshelman has dominated on the mound this season. In 105.1 innings, he has allowed 80 hits and only 19 runs, leading him to a 1.62 ERA. He has recorded an impressive 107 strike outs and averages 9 K's per game. He currently holds a 7-5 record on the mound and has allowed just six walks all season.

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Thomas Eshelman
Pitcher, Cal State Fullerton

Bats: R | Throws: R | W: 11 | L: 1
ERA: 1.51 | K: 132 | BB: 37 | IP: 95.2

Carson Fulmer has been the talk of this year's MLB draft, and his stats explain why. He has an 11-1 record on the bump this season, pitching three complete games including one shutout. He holds and impressive 1.51 ERA and has 132 strike outs and only 37 walks in the regular season. Fulmer has limited hitters to a .182 batting average and was recently named the SEC Pitcher of the Year.

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Carson Fulmer
Pitcher, Vanderbilt

Bats: L | Throws: L | W: 8 | L: 1
ERA: 1.19 | K: 111 | BB: 14 | IP: 83.1

The 2015 Patriot League Pitcher of the Year, Luke Gillingham holds one of the lowest ERAs among the semifinalists at 1.19. In 83.1 innings, he has held batters to only 44 hits, 14 runs, and a .151 average. He has totaled an impressive 111 strikeouts and only 14 walks. On the mound, he finished the regular season with an 8-1 record for Navy.

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Luke Gillingham
Pitcher, Navy

Bats: S | Throws: R | AVG: .366 | H: 70
R: 45 | HR: 14 | RBI: 43

Outfielder Ian Happ boasts an impressive slugging percentage (.672) for the Bearcats and leads them in runs (47), hits (73), doubles (18), home runs (14), and RBIs (44). Happ was named to all three Golden Spikes watch lists throughout the season and has been a force in Cincinnati's outfield, recording a .992 fielding percentage.

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Ian Happ
Outfielder, Cincinnati

Bats: L | Throws: L | W: 5 | L: 1
ERA: 0.67 | K: 62 | BB: 6 | IP: 54

Arguably one of the best closers in college baseball this season, Tyler Jay holds the lowest ERA among the semifinalists at 0.65. He has totaled 13 saves in 27 appearances, and allowed only 4 runs this season. Jay struck out 63, while walking just 6 hitters in 55 innings. The left-hander was ranked as the No. 18 junior in Perfect Game's Top 100 Juniors earlier this season.

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Tyler Jay
Pitcher, Illinois

Bats: L | Throws: R | AVG: .478 | H: 85
R: 42 | HR: 4 | RBI: 55

Kevin Kaczmarski leads the semifinalists with an impressive .753 slugging percentage. He has recorded 85 hits as of May 18, including 19 doubles, 9 triples and 55 RBIs for Evansville this season. He often puts himself in a position to score with his .554 on base percentage and has batted .478 thus far.

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Kevin Kaczmarski
Outfielder, Evansville

Bats: R | Throws: R | AVG: .402 | H: 88
R: 51 | HR: 5 | RBI: 36

Hitting consistently at .402, Scott Kingery has proven to be an asset for the Wildcats both at bat and in the field. He has logged an impressive 88 hits and 51 runs as of May 18. With his 15 doubles, 5 triples, and 5 homeruns, he's been slugging .584 with a .434 on base percentage. He was named to D1Baseball's Preseason All-American Second Team.

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Scott Kingery
Infielder, Arizona

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Two-way player and 2015 ACC Freshman of the Year winner, Brendan McKay has been lights out for Louisville-both on the mound and at bat. He has held his own as a first year player, hitting .318 and totaling 56 hits and 29 RBIs for the Cardinals. On the mound, the lefty is 8-2, with a 1.64 ERA in 77 innings. He has struck out a noteworthy 100 batters and has totaled 4 saves on the season.

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Brendan McKay
Infielder/Outfielder, Louisville

Bats: R | Throws: R | W: 6 | L: 2
ERA: 1.87 | K: 90 | BB: 19 | IP: 105.2

The ace of Oregon State's pitching staff, Andrew Moore has maintained a 6-2 record going into post-season play. He has averaged a 1.87 ERA for the beavers, along with 90 strike outs in 105.2 total innings. He has logged only 19 walks this season, while limiting hitters to a .201 batting average.

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Andrew Moore
Pitcher, Oregon State

Bats: R | Throws: R | W: 11 | L: 2
ERA: 1.68 | K: 115 | BB: 21 | IP: 96.1

Only in his sophomore season, Mike Shawaryn has dominated hitters all season long. He holds a 12-2 record for the Terrapins. Shawaryn has held batters to just 76 hits and 25 runs, posting a 1.65 ERA. In 103.1 innings pitched he has recorded 124 strike outs and 23 walks.

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Mike Shawaryn
Pitcher, Maryland

Bats: L | Throws: R | AVG: .326 | H: 59
R: 54 | HR: 13 | RBI: 50

A first team All-ACC Conference selection, DJ Stewart earns his spot as a Golden Spikes semifinalist for the second consecutive season. Stewart is a force at the plate, batting .326 with a .602 slugging percentage. In 181 at bats, he has 54 runs, 59 hits, and totals 9 doubles and 13 homers on the year. His plate discipline is phenomenal with 63 walks, leading him to a .514 on base percentage.

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DJ Stewart
Outfielder, Florida State

Bats: R | Throws: R | AVG: .347 | H: 75
R: 60 | HR: 9 | RBI: 50

Projected to be one of the top picks in this year's MLB draft, Swanson has consistently been a front runner for the Commodores all season. He is hitting .347 and slugging .616 while totaling 75 hits and 60 runs. He has recorded 19 doubles, 6 triples, and 9 home runs, and has 50 RBIs for Vanderbilt. Swanson was recently named a second-team All-SEC selection.

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Dansby Swanson
Infielder, Vanderbilt

Bats: R | Throws: R | W: 8 | L: 4
ERA: 2.08 | K: 100 | BB: 27 | IP: 95.1

The junior right-hander, Dillon Tate has proven himself as one of collegiate baseball's best. He currently has a 2.08 ERA and has held opponents to just 60 hits and 25 runs this season. In 95.1 total innings, he has recorded 100 strike outs and 27 walks. Tate averages 9.44 K's per game and finished the season with a record of 8-4. He was named D1Baseball's Midseason Pitcher of the Year and is one of two finalists for the Big West's Pitcher of the Year honor.

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Dillon Tate
Pitcher, UCSB

Bats: R | Throws: R | AVG: .336 | H: 71
R: 52 | HR: 19 | RBI: 78

A first-team All-ACC Conference selection, David Thompson has proven to be a key player in Miami's lineup. The third baseman is batting .336 and has totaled 52 runs and 78 RBI's on the season. With 15 doubles, 2 triples, and 19 home runs, he has recorded an impressive .697 slugging percentage. He also boasts a .442 on base percentage for the Hurricanes.

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David Thompson
Infielder, Miami