May 1, 2012
DURHAM, N.C. - UCLA junior outfielder Jeff Gelalich has been selected to the 60-man midseason watch list for the 2012 Golden Spikes Award, as announced Tuesday by USA Baseball.
The Golden Spikes Award is presented annually at the end of the season to the premier college baseball player. In 2011, right-handed pitcher Trevor Bauer became the first UCLA ballplayer to win the Golden Spikes Award.
Gelalich currently ranks among Pac-12 hitters with a .382 batting average and fifth with a .469 batting average. The native of La Verne, Calif., leads UCLA with six home runs and a .546 slugging percentage. He hast started all 40 games for the Bruins in right field, entering Tuesday's game at Long Beach State.
USA Baseball will announce 30 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award on Tuesday, May 29. Three award finalists will be announced June 5, and the live presentation for the award winner will take place July 6.
The Bruins play a non-conference game at Long Beach State on Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. UCLA returns home for a three-game non-conference series against No. 13 Purdue on Saturday, with a doubleheader slated to begin at 1 p.m.