May 20, 2008
DURHAM, N.C. - UCLA senior infielder Alden Carrithers has been named as one of 50 semifinalists for the 2008 Golden Spikes Award, as announced Tuesday by USA Baseball. Carrithers leads the Bruins with a .378 batting average in 51 starts, having collected 14 doubles, three triples, four home runs, 42 RBI and a team-leading 17 stolen bases in 23 attempts.
The Golden Spikes Award is annually awarded to the nation's premier amateur baseball player. Carrithers has tallied 21 multi-hit games, including five four-hit efforts, the most by a Bruin since Brian Baron totaled seven four-hit games in 2001. Carrithers, who was named UCLA's most valuable player at the annual team banquet last Sunday, leads the Bruins with 13 multi-RBI efforts.
In total, 40 colleges and universities are represented on the 2008 semifinalist list. Among conferences, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) is tops with nine players on the list, and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Pac-10 Conference have eight and seven players, respectively.
The release of the Golden Spikes Award list accompanies the launch of GoldenSpikesAward.com, powered by MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball. The new Web site features content devoted exclusively to the Golden Spikes Award, including news, voting history, past-winner photo galleries, and photographs and video highlights of 2008 semifinalists.
Fans can follow online at GoldenSpikesAward.com as the list of 50 players is narrowed to five finalists on Tuesday, June 3, en route to the announcement of this year's winner on Wednesday, June 16. The 2008 Golden Spikes Award will be awarded as part of a production by Major League Baseball and MLBAM that will be streamed live on the Internet exclusively at GoldenSpikesAward.com and MLB.com.