May 29, 2012
DURHAM, N.C. - UCLA junior outfielder Jeff Gelalich has been selected as one of 30 semifinalists for the 2012 Golden Spikes Award, as announced Tuesday by USA Baseball.
Gelalich enters the postseason batting .367, the second-highest mark in the Pac-12 Conference, with nine home runs, 39 RBI, 50 runs scored and 15 stolen bases.
The Golden Spikes Award is presented annually at the end of the season to the nation's premier college baseball player. In 2011, right-handed pitcher Trevor Bauer became the first UCLA ballplayer to win the award.
Gelalich currently ranks third among Pac-12 hitters with a .458 on-base percentage and 79 hits. The native of La Verne, Calif., has started all 56 games for UCLA, making 55 starts in right field. Serving primarily as the team's cleanup hitter, Gelalich has reached base safely via hit, walk or hit-by-pitch in 53 of the Bruins' 56 games.
Powered MLB.com, GoldenSpikesAward.com will once again serve as the online home for this year's award. The website features content devoted exclusively to the GSA. Fans can follow online at GoldenSpikesAward.com as the list of 30 players is narrowed to three finalists on Tuesday, June 5.
For the second year in a row, the Golden Spikes Award will be awarded live on MLB Network. The three finalists for the award will be at MLB Network's studios for the presentation on The Rundown on Friday, July 6. The presentation will be simulcast live on GoldenSpikesAward.com and MLB.com.
Gelalich and the Bruins open postseason play against Creighton (26-28) on Friday evening at UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium. Game time is 7 p.m. UCLA has earned its sixth postseason appearance in the last seven years.