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College baseball: Bauer among the best

Hart grad named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, semifinalist for national award

Posted: June 1, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 1, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Former Hart High pitcher Trevor Bauer soaked up plenty of recognition for his talents in high school. Now he's doing it in college, and the honors are coming in droves.

The same day the UCLA junior was named the Pac-10 Conference Pitcher of the Year, he was also nominated for one of the most prestigious individual awards in college baseball.

The 2008 Hart graduate is one of 30 semifinalists nominated for the 2011 Golden Spikes Award, USA Baseball announced on Tuesday.

It's an award given yearly to the best college baseball player in the nation. The last two winners of the award were Southern Nevada's Bryce Harper in 2010 and San Diego State's Stephen Strasburg in 2009. Both were drafted first overall the Washington Nationals in the last two MLB First-Year Player drafts.

Bauer is on a small list of players nominated for the second straight year in addition to becoming UCLA's first Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year since 1992, according to the school's press release.

Both accolades came two days after the completion of a record-breaking regular season in which Bauer racked up a nation-best 189 strikeouts to go with a 12-2 record an 1.27 ERA.

He's broken all-time school records in strikeouts (446), wins (33) and innings pitched (364 1/3).

He broke two all-time school records in strikeouts this season, pushing his career total to 446, and wins, amassing 33 so far.

His last eight starts were all complete games, and went 7-1 during the stretch.

Bauer was named to the All-Pac 10 Team in each of his first two seasons with the Bruins as well.

In his junior year of high school, he was named All-CIF Southern Section Division I and Foothill League Player of the Year.

If he makes it through the first round of voting, he'll be named one of the three finalists for the Golden Spikes Award on Monday. The winner will be presented with the trophy live on MLB Network at 3 p.m. on July 15. It's the first time the award will be given out on live TV.

Fans can vote for the winner on

The junior still isn't done. The Bruins (33-22) begin postseason play as the top seed in their NCAA Regional on Friday when they host the region's No. 4-seeded University of San Francisco.



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