Detwiler named semifinalist for Golden Spikes Award
Missouri State junior pitcher Ross Detwiler is one of 50 finalists for the Golden Spikes Award, it was announced by USA Baseball Tuesday. The award is given annually to the nation’s premier amateur baseball player.
The Bears’ ace southpaw has a 2.42 ERA in 10 starts this season with 80 strikeouts in 67 innings pitched. He averages 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings to rank 24th nationally, and his 80 total strikeouts put him in 38th place. The Wentzville, Mo., native is second in the Missouri Valley Conference with a .209 opponent batting average. He is 4-4 this season.
Detwiler was a member of the USA Baseball National Team that won a gold medal at the World University Championships last summer.
The names of the 50 semifinalists will now be forwarded to a voting body of 125 who will select the five finalists and the eventual 2007 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Winner.
This year will mark the 30th consecutive year that the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award has been presented to the nation’s premier amateur baseball player. The winner’s name will be announced on June 29, 2007, during the 2007 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Show presented by Major League Baseball.