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Meet the 2013 Golden Spikes Award Semifinalists

Bats: R | Throws: R | AVG: .336 | H: 71
R: 78 | HR: 31 | RBI: 62

Kris Bryant led the nation in home runs this season with 30, which tied the NCAA single-season record in the BBCOR era. Bryant set the San Diego career record for home runs with 53. In 2013, Bryant was named West Coast Conference Player of the Year and twice took home National Player of the Week honors.

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WINNER Kris Bryant
Infielder, San Diego

Bats: R | Throws: R | W: 14 | L: 0
ERA: 2.10 | K: 97 | BB: 55 | IP: 94.1

Tyler Beede won 13 of his 14 starts during the regular season, going 13-0 with a 2.28 ERA. His 13 wins matched the school record for a single season. Against Missouri, Beede recorded a career-best 10 strikeouts without walking a batter. He teamed up with Kevin Ziomek to become the third pitching duo in Vanderbilt history to each win 10 games in a season.

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FINALIST Tyler Beede
Pitcher, Vanderbilt

Bats: L | Throws: R | AVG: .372 | H: 81
R: 69 | HR: 13 | RBI: 84

Colin Moran was named Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and First Team All-ACC. He set the North Carolina single season RBIs record with 84. Additionally, Moran scored the third-most runs in the country and could become the fourth player in NCAA history to lead the nation in both runs and RBIs.

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FINALIST Colin Moran
Infielder, North Carolina

Bats: R | Throws: R | W: 10 | L: 4
ERA: 2.12 | K: 130 | BB: 23 | IP: 106.1

Mark Appel is the Stanford career leader in strikeouts with 372. He recorded 10 strikeouts in seven different games this season. On March 5, Appel was named National Pitcher of the Week and Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week after recording a career-high 15 strikeouts against UNLV.

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Mark Appel
Pitcher, Stanford

Bats: R | Throws: R | W: 6 | L: 0
ERA: 0.58 | K: 62 | BB: 7 | IP: 62

With his save at USC on May 19, David Berg broke the UCLA single-season record for most saves in a season, surpassing Scott Griggs' 15 saves in 2012. Berg led the nation with a 0.58 ERA and is just three saves shy of matching the all-time record for saves at UCLA (Gabe Sollecito, 21). Berg has also allowed the fewest walks (7), runs (4) and hits (40) in the Pac-12, and is second in the nation in WHIP with a 0.75 mark. He appeared in 39 games (most in the Pac-12) and posted a record of 6-0 with 62 strikeouts over 62 innings. Additionally, Berg allowed an opponents' batting average of .184, the lowest opposing average in the Pac-12. He also ranked seventh in the nation with his 18 saves.

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David Berg
Pitcher, UCLA

Bats: R | Throws: R | AVG: .385 | H: 95
R: 53 | HR: 5 | RBI: 49

Alex Bregman totaled the third most hits in the country this season with 90. He led the Southeastern Conference in triples (7), was second in runs scored (52) and batting average (.388), third in doubles (15) and fifth in RBIs (49). From March 6 to April 12, Bregman posted a 23-game hitting streak. During that span, he hit .495 with eight doubles, five triples, two homers and 24 RBIs. For the week of March 25, Bregman was named SEC Player of the Week after hitting .692.

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Alex Bregman
Infielder, Louisiana State

Bats: R | Throws: R | W: 12 | L: 1
ERA: 2.06 | K: 71 | BB: 17 | IP: 131

Kerry Doane was 12-1 this season with a 2.06 ERA. He led the nation in complete games (11) and innings pitched (131). Doane was named Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Year and first-team All-Atlantic Sun for his performance in 2013. He was named Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Week twice this season and went 8-1 with a 2.37 ERA (20 ER/76.0 IP). Doane threw seven complete games in nine starts against conference foes. In his 15 starts, he threw 127 of a possible 137 innings.

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Kerry Doane
Pitcher, East Tennessee State

Bats: R | Throws: R | AVG: .396 | H: 84
R: 47 | HR: 17 | RBI: 52

Hunter Dozier was named Southland Conference Player of the Year and Hitter of the Year and was a first-team All-SLC selection. Dozier led the conference in batting average (.396), home runs (17) and doubles (25). Dozier is also the all-time hits leader at Stephen F. Austin with 227.

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Hunter Dozier
Infielder, Stephen F. Austin

Bats: L | Throws: L | W: 10 | L: 3
ERA: 2.11 | K: 79 | BB: 22 | IP: 110.2

Kent Emanuel was named Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year and first-team All-ACC in 2013. Emanuel led the ACC in wins with 10, which was a career best for the southpaw. Emanuel threw more innings than any other ACC pitcher and tied for third in the nation with three shutouts.

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Kent Emanuel
Pitcher, North Carolina

Bats: R | Throws: R | W: 11 | L: 2
ERA: 1.63 | K: 71 | BB: 2 | IP: 99.2

In his first season for Cal State Fullerton, Thomas Eshelman posted an 11-2 record in 14 starts and had a Big West-leading 1.63 ERA in the regular season. Over 99 2/3 innings, Eshelman struck out 71 and walked just two batters. He did not issue a walk in his first 63 1/3 innings as a collegiate pitcher. He led the nation in walks allowed per nine innings (0.18), strikeout-to-walk-ratio (35.5) and WHIP (0.76). Eshelman was named Big West Pitcher of the Week on March 4 after the 6-foot-3 right-hander tossed the first complete game of his career, holding then-No. 14 Oregon to two runs on four hits in an 8-2 Titans victory. On Feb. 15, Eshelman became the first freshman to start a season opener for the Titans since 1987.

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Thomas Eshelman
Pitcher, Cal State Fullerton

Bats: R | Throws: R | AVG: .369 | H: 83
R: 44 | HR: 14 | RBI: 62

Zane Evans was named first-team All-ACC at catcher and was twice named Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week. Evans led Georgia Tech with a .369 batting average and had 14 home runs and 62 RBIs. Evans had a team-leading eight game-winning RBIs, including a walk-off single in the 11th inning to beat North Carolina. On the mound, Evans went 1-2 with three saves and had a 3.44 ERA in 13 appearances.

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Zane Evans
Catcher/Pitcher, Georgia Tech

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Marco Gonzales was named the 2013 Co-West Coast Conference Player of the Year and was named All-WCC. Gonzales fired a shutout against Arkansas on March 1 in Surprise, Ariz., scattering eight hits and striking out nine. Against Appalachian State, he allowed four hits while striking out 10 and walking two in another shutout. As a two-way player, Gonzales led the team in batting average (.311).

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Marco Gonzales
Pitcher/Infielder, Gonzaga

Bats: R | Throws: R | W: 8 | L: 2
ERA: 1.55 | K: 127 | BB: 21 | IP: 110

In 2013, Jonathan Gray became the sixth pitcher in Oklahoma history to record back-to-back 100-strikeout seasons. Gray was a unanimous choice for first-team All-Big 12 and was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week three times. The junior faced 418 batters this season and allowed only one home run and 14 extra-base hits. He struck out 127 and walked 21.

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Jonathan Gray
Pitcher, Oklahoma

Bats: L | Throws: R | AVG: .395 | H: 73
R: 46 | HR: 9 | RBI: 51

In 2013, Eric Jagielo became the fourth player in Notre Dame history to earn Big East Player of the Year. Jagielo led the league in batting average (.392), slugging percentage (.640) and on-base percentage (.502) and finished tied for second in home runs (9), fifth in total bases (121), fifth in doubles (18), seventh in RBIs (51), eighth in walks (33), tied for eighth in runs scored (47) and tied for eighth in hits (74). Jagielo was held hitless in just seven of 54 games played this year and failed to reach base in a game just twice.

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Eric Jagielo
Infielder, Notre Dame

Bats: R | Throws: R | AVG: .392 | H: 82
R: 46 | HR: 14 | RBI: 64

Mason Katz led the SEC in RBIs in the regular season (64) and was second in home runs (14) and batting average (.388). Katz was named National and SEC Player of the Week twice in 2013, the first time coming March 18 after going 3-for-9 in the Mississippi State series with three homers, five RBIs and four runs scored. The second occurrence came on April 1 after he hit .611 with three home runs and 12 RBIs. In March, Katz hit a home run in five straight games, becoming the first LSU player to do so since 1998.

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Mason Katz
Infielder, Louisiana State

Bats: L | Throws: R | AVG: .407 | H: 94
R: 60 | HR: 0 | RBI: 30

Tony Kemp led the Southeastern Conference in hitting with a .407 average and also led the league in on-base percentage (.490), runs (60) and stolen bases (29). Kemp became Vanderbilt's all-time career leader in triples and later matched the SEC career mark with his 21st triple. He posted his second career five-hit game vs. Belmont early in the season and led the Commodores with 28 multi-hit games, including a streak of seven straight multi-hit games to end the regular season.

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Tony Kemp
Infielder, Vanderbilt

Bats: R | Throws: R | AVG: .335 | H: 69
R: 40 | HR: 7 | RBI: 50

Cal State Fullerton starting center fielder and closer Michael Lorenzen was 18-for-21 in save attempts this season. His 18 saves in 2013 rank second in Fullerton single-season history. In two years on the mound, Lorenzen has totaled 34 saves, tying Chad Cordero and Nick Ramirez for first all time at Fullerton. In 21 appearances this season, Lorenzen tossed 22 innings, striking out 18 and managing a 2.05 ERA while holding opposing batters to a .210 clip. Lorenzen drove in the game-winning run for the Titans a team-leading seven times in 2013. At the plate, Lorenzen batted .335 and tied for the conference lead with 50 RBIs while managing a .534 slugging percentage with 40 runs scored, 69 hits, 12 doubles, four triples and a team-leading seven home runs. His 13-game hitting streak from March 15-April 2 was the longest for any Titan this season.

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Michael Lorenzen
Outfielder/Pitcher, Cal State Fullerton

Bats: R | Throws: R | W: 12 | L: 1
ERA: 1.33 | K: 129 | BB: 24 | IP: 115.1

Kyle McGowin was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2013 after tying the Savannah State single-season record for wins with 12. McGowin was second in the nation with 128 strikeouts, and his 12 wins were third-best in the country.

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Kyle McGowin
Pitcher, Savannah State

Bats: R | Throws: R | W: 10 | L: 0
ERA: 1.94 | K: 105 | BB: 14 | IP: 102

Aaron Nola was third in the Southeastern Conference in strikeouts (97), second in wins (10), fourth in opponents' batting average (.192) and fifth in innings pitched (95). He was named SEC Pitcher of the Week after firing his fourth straight complete-game victory and his second shutout of the season in a 5-0 win over Florida on May 3. He limited the Gators to four singles and a walk and struck out three. Previously, Nola fired his second consecutive complete game and first career shutout April 19, when he blanked Alabama, 5-0, in Tuscaloosa. Nola allowed just three singles while recording one walk and 10 strikeouts.

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Aaron Nola
Pitcher, Louisiana State

Bats: L | Throws: R | AVG: .399 | H: 87
R: 41 | HR: 6 | RBI: 51

Justin Parr was named Big Ten Player of the Year and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection. Parr turned in the second-longest hitting streak in the NCAA in 2013 with a school-record mark of 33 games. He was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the week of April 8-14 after hitting for the cycle vs. Purdue, becoming first the Illini to accomplish the feat since 2009. Parr finished that game 4-for-5 with four RBIs and a career-high four runs.

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Justin Parr
Outfielder, Illinois

Bats: R | Throws: R | AVG: .401 | H: 81
R: 67 | HR: 17 | RBI: 68

D.J. Peterson was named Mountain West Co-Player of the Year for the second straight season, as he again won the league's overall Triple Crown. Against UC Riverside in March, he recorded a hit in seven straight at-bats (four home runs, three singles) before being walked five times in a row, reaching base safely in 12 straight plate appearances. Against UNLV, he set a career high with eight RBIs as he went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two home runs. Peterson is second all time at UNM in doubles (76), third in total bases (477), fourth in home runs (40) and slugging percentage (.689) and fifth in RBIs (194).

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D.J. Peterson
Infielder, New Mexico

Bats: R | Throws: R | W: 8 | L: 1
ERA: 1.61 | K: 111 | BB: 19 | IP: 100.1

Nick Petree led the Missouri Valley Conference in strikeouts (111) and was second in the conference in wins (8), innings pitched (100 1/3) and ERA (1.61). Petree became the second Missouri State pitcher in the 50-year history of the program to record four consecutive double-digit strikeout performances, and he was the first pitcher in school history to record back-to-back 100-strikeout seasons. Petree earned his second-straight First-Team All-MVC selection and All-MVC Defensive Team choice in 2013.

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Nick Petree
Pitcher, Missouri State

Bats: R | Throws: R | W: 2 | L: 0
ERA: 1.67 | K: 52 | BB: 13 | IP: 37.2

Jimmie Sherfy led the nation in saves in 2013 with 20, which also set the Oregon single-season record. Sherfy had a stretch of 14 appearances that spanned 15 2/3 innings in which he didn't allow a run. He has 39 career saves for the Ducks.

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Jimmie Sherfy
Pitcher, Oregon

Bats: R | Throws: R | W: 9 | L: 2
ERA: 1.40 | K: 76 | BB: 35 | IP: 90

Ryne Stanek went 9-2 for Arkansas in 2013 and had a 1.40 ERA, which ranked second in the Southeastern Conference and third lowest in school history. Stanek held opponents to a .215 batting average. In 11 starts vs. SEC opponents, Stanek went 8-1 with a 0.86 ERA in 73 innings. He allowed 14 runs -- seven earned -- on 54 hits and struck out 60 batters while holding conference opponents to a .203 batting average. After striking out seven in a complete game against South Carolina, Stanek was named SEC Pitcher of the Week.

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Ryne Stanek
Pitcher, Arkansas

Bats: L | Throws: L | AVG: .425 | H: 79
R: 52 | HR: 2 | RBI: 41

Mike Tauchman was named the 2013 Joe Carter Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year. He ended his senior season leading the nation with a .425 batting average, best all time by a Bradley player with at least 100 at-bats in a season. He also led the MVC with a .463 average in league play and hit .583 against left-handed pitching.

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Mike Tauchman
Outfielder, Bradley

Bats: R | Throws: R | W: 10 | L: 1
ERA: 2.09 | K: 97 | BB: 29 | IP: 90.1

Jeff Thompson was named the Big East Pitcher of the Year in 2013. Seven of the Louisville right-hander's 14 starts were scoreless outings. Thompson had a stretch this year in which he fired 28 consecutive scoreless innings, and in two of his outings he struck out 12 batters.

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Jeff Thompson
Pitcher, Louisville

Bats: R | Throws: R | AVG: .385 | H: 72
R: 59 | HR: 6 | RBI: 40

Trea Turner was named first-team All-ACC in 2013 despite missing 11 starts due to injury. Turner led North Carolina State in batting average (.385), runs (59), home runs (6) and stolen bases (24). In just his 94th game at NC State, Turner broke the school's all-time record for stolen bases.

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Trea Turner
Infielder, NC State

Bats: R | Throws: R | W: 9 | L: 0
ERA: 1.99 | K: 76 | BB: 42 | IP: 90.2

In 15 starts this season, Bobby Wahl only once left the game with his team trailing. In eight starts against nationally ranked teams, Wahl was 4-0 with a 1.14 ERA, three shutouts and a .163 opponents' batting average. Wahl was 9-0 on the season overall, and he picked up a fourth shutout at Tennessee. Wahl allowed one or no earned runs in 11 of his 15 starts, including six scoreless outings.

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Bobby Wahl
Pitcher, Mississippi

Bats: L | Throws: R | AVG: .410 | H: 96
R: 52 | HR: 13 | RBI: 64

Jimmy Yezzo was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year and was also a first-team All-CAA selection for 2013. Yezzo led the CAA in batting average (.410), hits (96), RBIs (64), doubles (28), total bases (167) and slugging percentage (.714). Additionally, he recorded a team-leading 32 multi-hit games. As Delaware's first baseman, Yezzo committed just one error in 515 total chances. He posted a 12-game hitting streak (April 14-May 3) and two 11-game hitting streaks (Feb. 15-March 8; March 17-April 5).

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Jimmy Yezzo
Infielder, Delaware

Bats: R | Throws: L | W: 10 | L: 2
ERA: 2.25 | K: 106 | BB: 37 | IP: 105.1

Kevin Ziomek became the 10th pitcher in Vanderbilt history to win at least 10 games in a season in 2013, as he went 10-2 with a 1.99 ERA. He mowed down hitters often early in the season, logging a three-week stretch of 39 strikeouts over 25 innings, including back-to-back complete games vs. Illinois-Chicago and Oregon. Ziomek teamed up with Tyler Beede to become the third pitching duo in Vanderbilt history to each win 10 games in a season, joining Sonny Gray and Grayson Garvin (2011), and David Price and Casey Weathers (2007).

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Kevin Ziomek
Pitcher, Vanderbilt