June 4, 2013
Nashville, Tenn. -
Sophomore Tyler Beede has been named one of three finalists for the Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the nation's top amateur baseball player by USA Baseball.
Beede has put together one of the best seasons in Vanderbilt history, leading all of college baseball with 14 wins this year. The right-hander set the school record with his 14th win of the season with a dominant performance against Texas A&M at the Southeastern Conference Tournament, scattering two hits and striking out eight over 7.1 shutout innings. Beede won 13 straight decisions to start the season before a no decision in his final start of the regular season. During his 13-game winning streak the Auburn, Mass. native allowed more than two runs only twice and never allowed more than four runs turning in 10 straight quality starts at one point. The Commodores are undefeated at 16-0 when he starts on the mound this season.
Beede enters this weekend's Super Regional vs. Louisville 14-0 with a 2.20 ERA registering 101 strikeouts and allowing opponents to hit just .177 against him.
San Diego's Kris Bryant and North Carolina's Colin Moran join Beede as finalists for the award. Bryant led the nation in home runs, runs scored, walks and slugging percentage. His 31 home runs set a new NCAA single-season record in the BBCOR era. Moran led the country with 85 RBI and enters this weekend's Super Regional vs. South Carolina hitting .351 with 13 home runs.
Former Commodore David Price is the only Vanderbilt player to ever win the Golden Spikes award, claiming the trophy in 2007. That season Price went 11-1 with a 2.63 ERA striking out a school record 194 batters over 133.1 innings.
The award will be presented July 19 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles for the first time ever this year. MLB Network will broadcast the presentation for the third consecutive year beginning live at 1 p.m. CT.
Beede and the Commodores take on Louisville this weekend with a trip to the College World Series on the line. The best-of-three series begins Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN, Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN with Monday's if necessary game at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.