Arnett, Phegley Named GSA Semifinalists
May 27, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior pitcher Eric Arnett and junior catcher Josh Phegley of the Indiana baseball team have been named two of 30 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award, USA Baseball announced. The Golden Spikes Award is presented annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country. Indiana is one of just five schools in the nation that has more than one player on the list.
Arnett is one of 14 pitchers up for the award, as he has posted a 12-1 record with a 2.58 ERA and 103 strikeouts so far this season. His 12 wins have already matched the school's single-season record, and his 103 strikeouts are just six shy of the all-time mark. He is tied for fourth in the nation in wins, while he is 19th nationally in strikeouts and 21st in the country in ERA. Arnett is one of five finalists for the College Baseball Foundation's National Pitcher of the Year.
Phegley continues to dent the Indiana record books in 2009 after posting one of the top seasons in school history in 2008. His 17 home runs and 66 RBI both rank him in the top 10 in school history, and his career marks of 32 longballs and 162 runs driven in are also among IU's top 10. He is also a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, presented to the nation's top catcher.
Additionally, the College Baseball Foundation announced that Arnett and lefty Matt Bashore have both been named to the National All-Star Lineup for their performances at the Big Ten Tournament last week. The duo combined for 14 innings with six hits allowed and 19 strikeouts without surrendering a run. Bashore was named the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player for his two-hit performance against Minnesota.
Indiana will play this weekend in the Louisville Regional of the NCAA Tournament, beginning Friday night at 7 p.m. at Jim Patterson Stadium. The Hoosiers will take on host and No. 1 seed Louisville, while Middle Tennessee State and Vanderbilt will do battle in Friday's other contest.
The NCAA Regional is a four-team, double-elimination tournament that runs from Friday to Sunday. The team to advance out of each regional moves on to the Super Regionals, a best-of-three series against one other team. The winner of the Super Regional then moves on to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
Indiana earned an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament by virtue of its first Big Ten Tournament Championship since 1996. The Hoosiers won all four of their games in decisive fashion, outscoring their opponents 47-9 during the tournament. The plus-38 run differential and .414 batting average for the team were both Big Ten Tournament records. IU delivered at least 15 hits in every game and limited its opposition to just 26 hits throughout the tourney.
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