Baseball's Sappelt Named a Semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award
Coastal Carolina baseball junior David Sappelt (Graham, N.C./Southern Alamance) is one of 50 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award, USA Baseball announced yesterday.
Sappelt is hitting .336 with 20 doubles, 15 home runs and 57 runs-batted-in for the Chanticleers. He has had two multi-home run games this season, including three longballs and seven RBI in an 18-8 win over Radford May 17. He is sixth all-time in Coastal history with 30 career home runs. He went 3-for-4 with four RBI in a 10-9 win over Georgia Tech May 3, has 22 multi-hit games and 11 multi-RBI performances. Sappelt has five home runs and 25 RBI in Big South games and has a .620 slugging percentage on the year for CCU.
In 2007, USA Baseball instituted a new selection and balloting procedure for the most prestigious award in amateur baseball, and it will follow the same model again in 2008. After accepting nominations from sports information directors across the country, a committee voted to determine the 50 semifinalists. The names of the 50 semifinalists will now be forwarded to a voting body of 125 who will select the five finalists and the eventual 2008 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award winner.
Coastal, the top seed in the Big South Tournament, faces eighth-seeded UNC Asheville Wednesday, May 21 at 11 a.m.