OCALA-- College of Central Florida baseball righthander Nate Pearson was just named one of 25 semifinalists for the prestigious USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award on Wednesday afternoon.
The Golden Spikes Award is awarded annually to the top amateur baseball player in the United States and is presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation. Pearson is the only junior college nominee amongst the pool of NCAA Division I semifinalists. Click Here for the complete list of semifinalists.
Pearson was a force on the mound in 2017. The LSU signee dominated opponents, allowing one earned run or less in nine of his 13 starts. His 1.56 ERA (0.85 in conference) ranked Top 3 in the state this season and second all-time in Patriot history.
Pearson held opponents to a .194 batting average while striking out 118 in 81 innings, good for Top 3 in the state and NJCAA. The MFC All-Conference and All-State honoree also had nine or more strikeouts in nine of his 13 starts as his fastball sat from 94-98 MPH.
Voting will be open until June 9. USA Baseball will announce the finalists on June 14.