Kingery, Newman Make Golden Spikes Award Midseason List

Kingery, Newman Make Golden Spikes Award Midseason List

TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona baseball players Scott Kingery and Kevin Newman were named to the 60-player Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list released Thursday by USA Baseball.

The Golden Spikes Award is presented to the top amateur baseball player in the country in a presentation on Tuesday, June 23, in Los Angeles. Sponsored by Major League Baseball, and presented in partnership with the Rod Dedeaux Foundation, 2015 marks the 38th year of the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award.

Kingery, who leads the nation with a .477 batting average after 30 games, was added to the list after not being named to the preseason watch list. The Phoenix, Ariz., native currently leads the Pac-12 in numerous other offensive categories, including slugging percentage (.727), on-base percentage (.510), hits (63), runs (41), total bases (96) and triples (5).

Newman, who was named to the preseason watch list, remains in consideration for one of the nation's top honors. The Poway, Calif., native has started all 31 games at shortstop this season and all 141 games of his career with the Wildcats. Newman has 52 base hits to rank tied for No. 8 nationally and his .403 batting average is third-best in the Pac-12. He leads the conference with 12 doubles and ranks third with 12 stolen bases.

Arizona (22-9, 7-5 Pac-12) is ranked No. 24 in this week's USA Today Coaches' Poll. The Wildcats face No. 9 Arizona State (21-9, 9-3 Pac-12) in a three-game series this weekend at Phoenix Municipal Stadium in Phoenix, Ariz.  The series begins Saturday night at 7 p.m. (MST) on ESPNU.