Garza Named to USA Baseball Golden Spikes Watch List

    April 10, 2014

    DURHAM, N.C. - Houston Baseball junior Aaron Garza was one of just 50 collegiate players named to the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Midseason Award Watch List, which honors the nation's top player, announced Thursday afternoon.

    Garza, the Cougars' right-handed Friday night standout, is in the midst of his best year yet, as he owns a 1.83 ERA and a 6-2 record through his first eight starts this season. In a team-high 59.0 innings pitched, Garza has fanned 32 and walked just two. He has managed to hold opponents to a .214 average.

    He opened the season at 6-0 pulling big wins over Michigan, Texas Tech, College of Charleston, USC, Nicholls State, and Towson. He has one complete game to his name and has been a part of two combined shutouts thus far.

    Garza was one of just 12 pitchers nationally to record a quality start in his first seven starts and was the last Cougar to win his first six starts since Keith Whatley accomplished that feat in 2002.

    The Galveston, Texas native, is the veteran of the nation's leading pitching staff that owns a nation's best ERA at 1.76 and WHIP at 0.91. Individually, Garza is third in the nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio with a 16.00 and fourth in the nation in walks allowed per nine innings at 0.81.

    He was named American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week on March 3 and to the Weekly Honor Roll twice on Feb. 17 and March 10, while also being honored as the Houston College Classic Tournament MVP for his dominating shutout effort vs. then-No. 26 Texas Tech.

    Garza is an integral part of the Houston Baseball team that currently ranks as high as No. 7 in the nation with a record of 26-6.

    Garza joins 49 other baseball student-athletes on this Award Watch List and three others that are among the American Athletic Conference.

    USA BASEBALL GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD WATCH LIST
    Brady Aiken, LHP, Senior, Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) HS
    Brian Anderson, IF, Junior, Arkansas
    Brett Austin, C, Junior, NC State
    Tyler Beede, RHP, Junior, Vanderbilt
    Aaron Brown, OF/LHP, Junior, Pepperdine
    Nick Burdi, RHP, Junior, Louisville
    Michael Conforto, OF, Junior, Oregon State
    Austin Cousino, OF, Junior, Kentucky
    J.D. Davis, OF/RHP, Junior, Cal State Fullerton
    Tyler Davis, RHP, Junior, Washington
    Chris Ellis, RHP, Junior, Mississippi
    Joey Epperson, OF/IF, RS-Senior, UC Santa Barbara
    Thomas Eshelman, RHP, Sophomore, Cal State Fullerton
    Erick Fedde, RHP, Junior, UNLV
    Brandon Finnegan, LHP, Junior, TCU
    Blake Fox, LHP, Sophomore, Rice
    Kyle Freeland, LHP, Junior, Evansville
    Clinton Freeman, OF, Sophomore, East Tennessee State
    Jeff Gardner, OF, Senior, Louisville
    Aaron Garza, RHP, Junior, Houston
    Casey Gillaspie, IF, Junior, Wichita State
    Grayson Greiner, C, Junior, South Carolina
    Chris Haddeland, RHP, Junior, Linfield
    Ian Happ, IF, Sophomore, Cincinnati
    Seth Harrison, OF, Senior, Louisiana Lafayette
    Matt Imhof, LHP, Junior, Cal Poly
    Michael Katz, IF, Junior, William & Mary
    Nathan Kirby, LHP, Sophomore, Virginia
    Ross Kivett, IF, Senior, Kansas State
    Ryan McBroom, OF, Senior, West Virginia
    Daniel Miles, IF, Junior, Tennessee Tech
    DJ Miller, IF, Senior, Delaware State
    Corey Miller, RHP, Senior, Pepperdine
    Andrew Morales, RHP, Senior, UC Irvine
    Michael Murray, RHP, Sophomore, Florida Gulf Coast
    Aaron Nola, RHP, Junior, LSU
    Mike Papi, OF, Junior, Virginia
    Mark Payton, OF, Senior, Texas
    Max Pentecost, C, Junior, Kennesaw State
    A.J. Reed, LHP/IF, Junior, Kentucky
    Kyle Schwarber, C, Junior, Indiana
    Kade Scivicque, C, Junior, LSU
    Austen Smith, IF, Senior, Alabama
    D.J. Stewart, OF, Sophomore, Florida State
    Ryan Thompson, RHP, Senior, Campbell
    Trent Thornton, RHP, Sophomore, North Carolina
    Sam Travis, IF, Junior, Indiana
    Luke Weaver, RHP, Sophomore, Florida State
    Ben Wetzler, LHP, Senior, Oregon State
    Bradley Zimmer, OF, Junior, San Francisco

    USA Baseball officials will announce the 30-man watch list for the 2014 Golden Spikes Award on Thursday, May 8. USA Baseball will then release the semifinalists on Tuesday, May 27. The list of athletes will then be sent to a voting body consisting of 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.


    About the Golden Spikes Award
    Since 1978, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award. Following the first-ever presentation of the Award to Bob Horner of Arizona State, the Golden Spikes Award has been presented each year to the player who exhibits exceptional athletic ability and exemplary sportsmanship. The 2013 Golden Spikes Award winner was Kris Bryant of the University of San Diego.  Past winners of this prestigious award include current Major League Baseball players such as Mike Zunino ('12), Bryce Harper ('10), Stephen Strasburg ('09), Buster Posey ('08), David Price ('07), Tim Lincecum ('06), Alex Gordon ('05), Jered Weaver ('04), Rickie Weeks ('03) and Mark Kotsay ('95). Former Major League stars that have captured the award include Pat Burrell ('98), Robin Ventura ('88), Jim Abbott ('87), Will Clark ('85), Dave Magadan ('83), Terry Francona ('80), Tim Wallach ('79), and Horner ('78).  For more information, please visit GoldenSpikesAward.com.  Fans can follow the Golden Spikes Award on Twitter @USAGoldenSpikes.

    About USA Baseball
    USA Baseball is the national governing body for the sport of baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee and the World Baseball Softball Confederation.  The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic, World Cup and Pan Am teams (and all other USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; the USA Baseball 18U, 15U and 12U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women's National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year.  USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country.  For more information, please visit USABaseball.com.


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