SECAUCUS, N.J. – UCLA junior right-hander Trevor Bauer earned the 2011 Golden Spikes Award, as presented by USA Baseball on Friday evening during a live television program in MLB Network’s studios.
Bauer becomes the first player in UCLA history to earn the Golden Spikes Award, which has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country since 1978. The GSA is sponsored by Major League Baseball and presented each year to the player who best exhibits exception on-field ability and exemplary sportsmanship.
Bauer was joined on stage with the award’s other two finalists, pitchers Danny Hultzen (Virginia) and Taylor Jungmann (Texas), and their families.
“Being mentioned with the past recipients of this award is an amazing honor and privilege,” Bauer said. “On a personal note, it’s validation of all the hard work, time, sweat and tears that have gone into getting me to this point in my career. But I could never have accomplished this without the help of my teammates, coaches, friends and parents who have been with me along the ride. I can’t thank them enough, and I don’t really know how to express the jubilation I’m experiencing right now.”
Already honored as the national player of the year by Baseball America and Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, Bauer had a sensational year for UCLA in 2011. He went 13-2 with a 1.25 ERA in 136.2 innings and led the nation in strikeouts (203) and complete games (10). He allowed just 22 runs (19 earned) and 73 hits, limiting the opposition to a conference-leading .154 batting average.