Kent State's Chafin Named To Midseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List

Updated 5/4/2011

Story courtesy of KSU Sports Information

DURHAM, N.C. -- Kent State redshirt sophomore left-handed starting pitcher Andrew Chafin (Wakeman, Ohio) has been named to the 60-man midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list, USA Baseball announced today (May 3).

Chafin is the lone representative from a Mid-American Conference school on the list.

Chafin ranks sixth in the country in strikeouts (83), ninth in strikeouts per nine innings (11.80) and 14th in ERA (1.28), helping the Golden Flashes tie for 12th in team ERA (2.57) and 24th in team strikeouts per nine innings (8.2). He has allowed five or more hits in only three of his nine starts and 10 appearances, worked through the seventh inning in six of his starts And has tallied 10 or more strikeouts in four of his starts.

USA Baseball kicked off GSA season in 2011 with a 50-player preseason watch list on Feb. 17, and the midseason list includes 23 new athletes who have played themselves into consideration for the award, while 13 players have been removed. The watch list will continue to be a "rolling list" up until May 31 when 30 semifinalists are announced. This will ensure that athletes can still play themselves into consideration over the course of the month of May.

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 2009 Golden Spikes Award winner was Stephen Strasburg of San Diego State. Past winners of this prestigious award include current Major League Baseball players such as Stephen Strasburg ('09), Buster Posey ('08), David Price ('07), Tim Lincecum ('06), Alex Gordon ('05), Jered Weaver ('04), Rickie Weeks ('03), Khalil Greene ('02), Jason Jennings ('00), Pat Burrell ('98), J.D. Drew ('97), Mark Kotsay ('95), and Jason Varitek ('94). Former Major League stars that have captured the award include Robin Ventura ('88), Jim Abbott ('87), Will Clark ('85), Dave Magadan ('83), Terry Francona ('80), Tim Wallach ('79), and Bob Horner ('78).

For more information, please visit GoldenSpikesAward.com.

Kent State has won 22 of its last 26 games and seven straight. The Flashes have won at least 30 games for the 13th straight season and 24th time in the last 28 years - including all seven seasons current head coach Scott Stricklin has been at the helm. Kent State has swept its first two MAC East Division series of 2011 and has won five of six conference series this season to maintain its grip on the overall conference lead.

Kent State takes on second-place Miami in a showdown between the top teams in the MAC East Division this weekend (May 6-8) at Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium.