Fresno State's Jordan Luplow a Golden Spikes semifinalist

The Fresno BeeMay 27, 2014 


Fresno State's Jordan Luplow swings the bat against Nevada on Feb. 23, 2014. Behind the plate is Jordan Devencenzi.


Fresno State junior outfielder Jordan Luplow on Tuesday was named one of 21 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award by USA Baseball.

Three finalists for the award, which recognizes the nation's top amateur baseball player, will be announced June 3.

Online fan votes will play a small part in the selection of the finalists. The top three players in fan voting each will receive one of about 200 votes by members of the section committee, which consists of media, past USA Baseball national team coaches and media officers, representatives from the MLB scouting community, select USA Baseball staff members and the 36 previous winners.

Luplow, the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year, hit .377 with 81 hits, 48 RBIs, 21 doubles, nine home runs and 10 stolen bases. He had a .609 slugging percentage and a .475 on base percentage. All were team-leading numbers.

The last Bulldog to be named a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist was Greg Gonzales in 2011.

University of San Diego infielder Kris Bryant won the award last season. Other past winners include Bryce Harper (2010), Stephen Strasburg (2009), Buster Posey (2008) and Tim Lincecum (2006).

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