May 21, 2008
TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State University juniors Ike Davis and Brett Wallace have been named semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award, USA Baseball announced. The award is presented annually to the top player in collegiate baseball.
Davis (Scottsdale, Ariz.) is batting .400 with 15 homers and 62 RBI. He also leads the Pac-10 with 24 doubles. Davis doubles as ASU's closer, recording four saves and compiling a 4-1 record. He has thrown in 13 games, striking out 26 in 20.1 innings. He is a two-time First Team All-Pac-10 selection, was the 2006 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and earned All-American honors last year. Davis was also named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy.
Wallace (Sonoma, Calif.) is the Pac-10's leader in hitting with a .409 average and RBI with 77. He has set a new career high this season with 19 homers. He was the 2007 Pac-10 Player of the Year and a consensus First Team All-American after winning the Pac-10's Triple Crown. Wallace was also named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy.
Davis and Wallace are two of 50 semifinalists for the award, which will be presented in Omaha on June 14. Arizona State is one of nine schools with more than one semifinalist. The Sun Devils have had three Golden Spikes Award winners, including Bob Horner, who won the first award in 1978.