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Keudell Named Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 05/29/2012
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DURHAM, N.C. – Oregon senior right-hander Alex Keudell was announced as one of the 30 semifinalists for the 2012 USA Golden Spikes Award on Tuesday. This marks the 35th consecutive year that the award has been presented to the nation’s top amateur baseball player.

Beginning today, fans will be able to vote on the 2012 GSA by visiting GoldenSpikesAward.com and selecting their favorite amateur player. Fan voting will continue until 2 p.m. (PT), Friday.

With a 10-4 record in 2012, Keudell set the new Oregon single-season win record. His 22 career wins tie for first all-time at Oregon while his 110 and 1/3 innings pitched in 2012 is a new UO single-season record. In addition, Keudell’s 322 and 2/3 career innings pitched, 238 career strikeouts and 71 career appearances each rank second all-time at Oregon.

The Friday-night starter for 10th-ranked Oregon, Keudell’s 2.12 ERA ranks fourth in the Pac-12, and his 10 wins tie for third. In conference games only, the Portland, Ore., native leads all pitchers with an 8-2 record and his 2.14 ERA ranks fourth.

Against top-25 competition this season, Keudell is 5-1 with an ERA of 1.75 after allowing nine earned runs in 46 and 1/3 innings on the mound. Against ranked opponents he has tossed two complete games including one shutout.

Between March 23 and May 18, Keudell won nine consecutive starts. During that stretch he posted a 9-0 record with a 1.14 ERA allowing just nine runs in 71 and 1/3 innings.

Earlier this season, Keudell was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week in back-to-back weekends after tossed seven shutout innings at then No. 5 UCLA, scattering eight hits while striking out two in a 6-2 win on April 5. The following weekend, he allowed just one run on five hits while walking no one and striking out a season-best seven in a 4-2 win at then No. 6 Stanford on April 13.

He also pitched the first complete-game shutout of his career, as Oregon defeated then 14th-ranked Arizona State 1-0 on March 31. The Ducks shut out ASU for the first time in series history as he allowed just four hits and issued two walks, while helping his cause by picking off two runners.

Keudell is the second UO pitcher to be named a Golden Spikes Award finalist as Tyler Anderson received the honor in 2011.

The Ducks were announced as the No. 5 national seed for the 66th annual NCAA Division I Baseball Championship on Monday.

Oregon (42-17, 19-11) finished third in the Pac-12 conference, and will host No. 2 seed Cal State Fullerton, No. 3 seed Indiana State and No. 4 seed Austin Peay at the Eugene Regional which begins at 2 pm Friday at PK Park.

TICKET INFORMATION

Students
Current UO students will receive free admittance for all games in which Oregon is playing by getting their UO Student ID scanned at either entry gate. The University of Oregon athletic department will be absorbing the cost of student tickets for all games in which Oregon is playing.

For all other regional games, UO Students can purchase one (1) GA student $4 ticket at the box office.

General Public
All Session packages are now ON SALE and offer a 10% discount over single day tickets: $119 (covered chair), $105 (chair), $84 (general admission).

Single day tickets go on sale Wednesday at 5:00pm.

Each regional game will require individual admittance.

Per NCAA Postseason guidelines: “No alcoholic beverages shall be dispensed for public consumption anywhere in the competition venue”. Therefore, Fowl Territory will not be selling beer during any hosted postseason game at PK Park.

Eugene Regional Schedule
Friday, June 1 (Day 1)
2:00 p.m.    Game 1 – #2 Cal State Fullerton vs. #3 Indiana State
6:00 p.m.    Game 2 – #1 Oregon vs. #4 Austin Peay

Saturday, June 2 (Day 2)
2:00 p.m.    Game 3 – Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2
6:00 p.m.    Game 4 – Winner Game 1 vs Winner Game 2

Sunday, June 3 (Day 3)
12:00 p.m.    Game 5 – Winner Game 3 vs Loser Game 4
4:00 p.m.    Game 6 – Winner Game 4 vs Winner Game 5

Monday, June 4 (Day 4, if necessary)

6:00 p.m.    Game 6 – Same Teams as in Game 6

More About Golden Spikes
GoldenSpikesAward.com -- powered by MLB.com -- will once again be the online home for the award.  The Web site features content devoted exclusively to the GSA, including news, voting history, past winner photo galleries, and photographs and video highlights for the 2012 semifinalists.  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 GSA will be awarded live on MLB Network.  On Friday, July 6, the three finalists for the award will be at MLB Network’s studios for the presentation on The Rundown, which will feature interviews, video highlights and the announcement of the winner.  The presentation will also be simulcast live on GoldenSpikesAward.com and MLB.com.

Michael Roth (South Carolina) and Mike Zunino (Florida) were semifinalists for the 2011 GSA and return to the list for 2012.  Texas A&M tops all schools with three semifinalists, Florida State and Louisiana State each have two, and in total 26 colleges and universities are represented on the list.  Among conferences, the SEC leads with six players, while the ACC and Big 12 have five and the Pac-12 has four.  Juniors are tops with 16 semifinalists and they are joined by five sophomores and eight seniors.  Carlos Rodon (North Carolina State) is the only freshman on the list.

In 2007, USA Baseball instituted a new selection and balloting procedure for the most prestigious award in amateur baseball, and it will follow the same model again in 2012.  After working closely with sports information directors and amateur baseball media across the country to determine watch lists and the top-performing athletes, a committee voted to determine the 30 semifinalists.  A ballot featuring the names and accomplishments of the 30 semifinalists will now be sent to a group of more than 215 voters which will select the three finalists and eventual winner.  Beginning today fans will also be able to vote on the 2012 GSA by visiting GoldenSpikesAward.com and selecting their favorite amateur player.

“USA Baseball congratulates each of the 30 student-athletes and their respective baseball programs," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO.  “The move to MLB Network last year was a significant step toward increasing exposure for the award among players, schools and fans, and we look forward to building on that excitement for 2012.  We wish all of the semifinalists the best of luck.”

Name, Position, Class, School, Conference
Mark Appel, RHP, Junior, Stanford, Pac-12

Sean Bignall, OF, Senior, Arkansas-Little Rock, Sun Belt
Jayce Boyd, IF, Junior, Florida State, ACC
Kris Bryant, IF, Sophomore, San Diego, WCC
Kevin Gausman, RHP, Sophomore, Louisiana State, SEC
Jeff Gelalich, OF, Junior, UCLA, Pac-12
Marco Gonzales, LHP/IF, Sophomore, Gonzaga, WCC
Andrew Heaney, LHP, Junior, Oklahoma State, Big 12
Kurt Heyer, RHP, Junior, Arizona, Pac-12
Goose Kallunki, IF, Senior, Utah Valley, Great West
Daniel Kassouf, IF, Senior, Appalachian State, SoCon
Alex Keudell, RHP, Senior, Oregon, Pac-12
Trenton Moses, IF, RS-Junior, Southeast Missouri, Ohio Valley
Tyler Naquin, OF, Junior, Texas A&M, Big 12
D.J. Peterson, IF, Sophomore, New Mexico, Mountain West
Nick Petree, RHP, RS-Sophomore, Missouri State, Missouri Valley
Kevin Plawecki, C, Junior, Purdue, Big Ten
Danny Poma, OF, Senior, Hofstra, CAA
James Ramsey, OF, Senior, Florida State, ACC
Raph Rhymes, OF, Junior, Louisiana State, SEC
Carlos Rodon, LHP, Freshman, North Carolina State, ACC
Michael Roth, LHP, Senior, South Carolina, SEC
Richie Shaffer, IF, Junior, Clemson, ACC
Chris Stratton, RHP, Junior, Mississippi State, SEC
Ross Stripling, RHP, Senior, Texas A&M, Big 12
Marcus Stroman, RHP, Junior, Duke, ACC
Josh Turley, LHP, Junior, Baylor, Big 12
Michael Wacha, RHP, Junior, Texas A&M, Big 12
Alex Yarbrough, IF, Junior, Mississippi, SEC
Mike Zunino, C, Junior, Florida, SEC

About the Golden Spikes Award
Since 1978, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award. Following the first ever presentation of the Award to Bob Horner of Arizona State, the Golden Spikes Award has been presented each year to the player who exhibits exceptional athletic ability and exemplary sportsmanship. The 2011 Golden Spikes Award winner was Trevor Bauer of UCLA.  Past winners of this prestigious award include current Major League Baseball players such as Bryce Harper (’10), Stephen Strasburg ('09), Buster Posey ('08), David Price (’07), Tim Lincecum (’06), Alex Gordon (’05), Jered Weaver (’04), Rickie Weeks (’03), and Mark Kotsay (’95). Former Major League stars that have captured the award include Pat Burrell (’98), Robin Ventura (’88), Jim Abbott (’87), Will Clark (’85), Dave Magadan (’83), Terry Francona (’80), Tim Wallach (’79), and Horner (’78).  For more information, please visit GoldenSpikesAward.com.
 
About USA Baseball
USA Baseball is the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the International Baseball Federation (IBAF).  The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic, World Cup and Pan American teams (and all other USA Baseball professional teams); and the Collegiate, 18U, 15U, and Women’s National Teams, all of which participate in various domestic and international competitions each year.  USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country.  For more information, please visit USABaseball.com and GoldenSpikesAward.com.
 

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