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Schwarber, Travis on Midseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List

April 11, 2014


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana's Kyle Schwarber and Sam Travisare both part of the 50-man midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list, an award given annually by USA Baseball to the country's best amateur baseball player.

Official USA Baseball Release

Schwarber and Travis have both been instrumental in leading IU to its current first place standing in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers are riding a seven-game winning streak as they host Morehead State this weekend at Bart Kaufman Field. Both players were part of the Golden Spikes Award preseason list as Schwarber was on the watch list a year ago.

Travis, presently in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak, is hitting .383 (second in Big Ten) so far this year with three home runs and a team-leading 29 RBI (first in Big Ten) while slugging at a .542 clip (third in Big Ten) and a .444 on base percentage. He leads the Big Ten in hits with 46 on the year.

Schwarber leads Indiana and the Big Ten with five home runs on the year while batting .333 with 16 RBI. He is slugging .547 (second in Big Ten) with a .443 on-base percentage and leads the conference in runs scored with 28.

The watch list will continue to be a "rolling" list until May 27 -- when the semifinalists for the award are announced -- ensuring that athletes can play themselves into consideration for the award. The Golden Spikes Award trophy will be awarded live in Los Angeles on July 17.

USA Baseball officials will announce the 30-man watch list for the 2014 Golden Spikes Award on Thursday, May 8. USA Baseball will then release the semifinalists on Tuesday, May 27. The list of athletes will then be sent to a voting body consisting of Golden Spikes Award winners, past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of media that closely follow the amateur game, select professional baseball personnel, and current USA Baseball staff, representing a group of more than 200 voters in total.

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