Morgan Cooper winds up for a pitch at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Saturday April 8, 2017. Daulton Venglar/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Morgan Cooper named semifinalist for Golden Spikes Award

Posted May 31st, 2017

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Texas pitcher Morgan Cooper was named a semifinalist for USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award, USA Baseball announced on Wednesday.

Cooper is one of 25 semifinalists eligible to win the award given to the top amateur baseball player in the United States.

The right-hander has a 2.32 ERA in 81 1/3 innings to lead the Longhorns. He has a record of 6-3 with 103 strikeouts in 15 games. Cooper is the first Longhorn to top 100 strikeouts since two Texas pitchers did so six years ago. Taylor Jungmann and Cole Green each had more than 100 strikeouts in 2011.

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Finalists will be named on Wednesday, June 14. Finalists will be selected by a group of more than 200 voters, including past winners, USA Baseball National Team coaches, press officers, media members, professional baseball personnel and current USA Baseball staff. There will also be a fan voting element.

The award will be presented on ESPN’s SportsCenter Thursday, June 29.

In 2016 the award was presented to Kyle Lewis of Mercer.

Here’s the complete list of 2017 Golden Spikes Award semifinalists:

Name, Class, Position, School

Jake Adams, Jr., IF, Iowa

J.B. Bukauskas, Jr., RHP, North Carolina

Jake Burger, Jr., IF, Missouri State

Griffin Canning, Jr., RHP, UCLA

Morgan Cooper, Jr., RHP, Texas

Greg Deichmann, Jr., OF, LSU

Drew Ellis, Jr., IF, Louisville

Alex Faedo, Jr., RHP, Florida

Stuart Fairchild, Jr., OF, Wake Forest

Steven Gingery, So., LHP, Texas Tech

Nate Harris, Sr., RHP, Louisiana Tech

Adam Haseley, Jr., LHP/OF, Virginia

Luke Heimlich, Jr., LHP, Oregon State

Keston Hiura, Jr., IF/OF, UC Irvine

Gunner Leger, Jr., LHP, Louisiana Lafayette

Nick Madrigal, So., IF, Oregon State

J.J. Matijevic, Jr., IF, Arizona

Brendan McKay, Jr., LHP/IF, Louisville

Nate Pearson, So., RHP, College of Central Florida

David Peterson, Jr., LHP, Oregon

Brent Rooker, Jr., OF, Mississippi State

JP Sears, Jr., LHP, The Citadel

Brian Shaffer, Jr., RHP, Maryland

Pavin Smith, Jr., IF/OF, Virginia

Evan White, Jr., IF, Kentucky

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