DURHAM, N.C. – Oklahoma State pitcher Andrew Heaney is one of 30 semifinalists for the 2012 Golden Spikes Award, it was announced today by USA Baseball.
The Golden Spikes Award is presented annually to the top amateur baseball player in the United States. This year’s trophy will be presented on July 6.
Fans can help Heaney become a finalist via online voting at GoldenSpikesAward.com. The website features content devoted exclusively to the GSA, including news, voting history, past winner photo galleries and photographs and video highlights for the 2012 semifinalists. Fans can follow online at GoldenSpikesAward.com as the list of 30 players is narrowed to three finalists on Tuesday, June 5.
A junior southpaw, Heaney was dominant on the mound for the Cowboys this season and was named the 2012 Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year and All-Big 12 First Team performer. He is also a finalist for the College Baseball Hall of Fame National Pitcher of the Year and semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy.
In 15 starts, Heaney was 8-2 with a 1.60 ERA. He tossed six complete games, including three shutouts, and racked up 140 strikeouts in 118.1 innings of work. Opponents hit just .180 against him.
Heaney, an Oklahoma City native, recorded eight or more strikeouts in 12 of his 15 appearances. He was the first OSU pitcher to reach 100 strikeouts in a season since Matt Smith racked up 114 in 2000, and his 140 punchouts were the fifth most in a single season in OSU history.
With back-to-back shutouts vs. Alabama A&M (March 9) and Houston (March 16), Heaney became the first OSU pitcher to record consecutive shutouts since Smith in 1998. He was also the first Cowboy since Tyler Lyons in 2008 to post two-straight complete games.
Heaney turned in his third consecutive complete game in a 3-2 win over Missouri. In those three games, he was 3-0 with a 0.67 ERA and 34 strikeouts and did not issue a walk.
Heaney added his fourth complete game and third shutout on May 4 against Oklahoma. In that game, he struck out seven and allowed just one walk and three hits. Only two Sooners advanced past first base, and he retired 13-straight batters to end the game.
Heaney's three shutouts were one shy of the Big 12 single-season record and are fifth on OSU's career list.
Among Big 12 pitchers in 2012, Heaney ranks first in ERA, innings pitched, strikeouts, shutouts, complete games and opponent batting average.
Heaney could become the second OSU player to win the Golden Spikes Award, joining former great Robin Ventura, who took home the honor in 1988.