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Louisville freshman Brendan McKay named Golden Spikes Award semifinalist

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Brendan McKay, the two-way freshman star who Louisville will turn to on the mound Saturday against Florida State, has been named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, which is given each year to the best player in college baseball.

Here's the release from U of L:

Louisville freshman lefthanded pitcher and first baseman Brendan McKay was named on Friday as a semifinalist for the 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award.

A native of Darlington, Pa., McKay is the only freshman among the 21 athletes from around the country named as semifinalists for the 38th Golden Spikes Award, sponsored by Major League Baseball and presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation to the top amateur baseball player in the U.S.

Named earlier this week as the Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year, McKay is 8-2 with a 1.64 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 77.0 innings and 17 appearances on the mound, including 10 straight weekend starts. An All-ACC First Team selection as a pitcher and a Second Team honoree as a utility player, McKay has a .319 average with three home runs, 31 RBI, 35 walks and 30 runs scored in 51 starts as a hitter for the No. 3-ranked Cardinals (43-15).

GoldenSpikesAward.com -- powered by MLB Advanced Media -- is once again the online home for the award. The website features content devoted exclusively to the GSA, including news, voting history, past winner photo galleries, and photographs and biographical information for the 2015 semifinalists. Fans can follow online at GoldenSpikesAward.com as the list of 21 players is narrowed to a group of finalists on Tuesday, June 2.

The ACC and Southeastern Conference lead with four athletes each on the Golden Spikes Award semifinalist list. The Pac 12 contributed a trio of athletes while the Big 10 and Big West each posted a pair. The American Athletic, Atlantic Sun, Colonial Athletic, Missouri Valley, Patriot League and the Scenic West each had an athlete on the list.

USA Baseball officials will announce the list of finalists for the 2015 Golden Spikes Award on Tuesday, June 2. To select the finalists, the list of semifinalists is sent to a voting body consisting of past Golden Spikes Award winners, past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of media that closely follow the amateur game, select professional baseball personnel, and current USA Baseball staff, representing a group of more than 200 voters in total.

Fan voting will once again be a part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2015. This announcement officially marks the opening of voting for amateur baseball fans from across the country on GoldenSpikesAward.com. As part of this selection process, all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of names. Voting will be open until Friday, May 29.

The 2015 Golden Spikes Award winner will be named on Tuesday, June 23, at a presentation in Los Angeles. The finalists and their families will be honored at the Rod Dedeaux Foundation Dinner that evening at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles.

Third-ranked Louisville will conclude pool play at the 2015 ACC Baseball Championship on Saturday at 11 a.m., ET against No. 10 Florida State. The winner of Saturday's game will advance to Sunday afternoon's ACC title game.

Fans can follow Louisville baseball on Twitter (@UofLBaseball) athttp://twitter.com/uoflbaseball and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ulbaseball.

2015 Golden Spikes Award Semifinalists
Name, Position, Class, School (in order of last name)
Andrew Benintendi, OF, Sophomore, Arkansas, SEC
David Berg, RHP, Senior, UCLA, Pac 12
Phil Bickford, RHP, Sophomore, CC of Southern Nevada, Scenic West (JC)
Alex Bregman, SS, Junior, LSU, SEC 
Taylor Clarke, RHP, RS-Junior, College of Charleston, CAA 
Matthew Crownover, LHP, Junior, Clemson, ACC 
Donnie Dewees, OF, RS-Sophomore, North Florida, Atlantic Sun 
Thomas Eshelman, RHP, Junior, Cal State Fullerton, Big West 
Carson Fulmer, RHP, Junior, Vanderbilt, SEC 
Luke Gillingham, LHP, Junior, Navy, Patriot League
Ian Happ, OF, Junior, Cincinnati, American Athletic 
Tyler Jay, LHP, Junior, Illinois, Big 10 
Kevin Kaczmarski, OF, RS-Senior, Evansville, Missouri Valley 
Scott Kingery, 2B, Junior, Arizona, Pac 12 
Brendan McKay, IF/OF, Freshman, Louisville, ACC
Andrew Moore, RHP, Junior, Oregon State, Pac 12 
Mike Shawaryn, RHP, Sophomore, Maryland, Big 10 
DJ Stewart, OF, Junior, Florida State, ACC 
Dansby Swanson, SS, Junior, Vanderbilt, SEC 
Dillon Tate, RHP, Junior, UCSB, Big West 
David Thompson, 3B, Junior, Miami, ACC