May 1, 2012
DURHAM, N.C. - Baylor's Josh Ludy and Josh Turley were added to the 60-member midseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List, which was announced Tuesday by USA Baseball. The award is given annually to the nation's top amateur baseball player.
Turley and Ludy give Baylor two of the Big 12 Conference's seven representatives on the list, which will be narrowed to 30 semifinalists on May 29. Three finalists for the award will be announced on June 5.
Ludy has started behind the plate in 42 of Baylor's 46 games this season. He leads the team with a .371 batting average, 51 RBI, seven home runs, 59 hits and a .579 slugging percentage, and he ranks second with 12 doubles and a .450 on-base percentage.
A senior from Portland, Ind., Ludy was named Big 12 Conference Player of the Week on April 16 and April 23, becoming just the sixth player in league history to win the award in consecutive weeks. He also had the seventh three-home run game in program history to help the Bears wrap up a three-game sweep at Kansas State on April 15.
Turley, a junior from Texarkana, Texas, has been the Bears' No. 1 starter all season and has led Baylor to wins in all 11 of his starts. He has compiled a 7-0 record and thrown a team-leading 72.1 innings, while posting a 1.74 ERA that ranks third in the Big 12.
Turley has allowed one earned run or fewer in eight of his 11 starts this season and pitched at least 5.2 innings in 18 of his last 20 starts dating back to last season. He has a 2.13 ERA in six Big 12 starts this year and is the only pitcher to post five wins in conference play this season.
The Baylor duo is joined by fellow Big 12 players Andrew Heaney (Oklahoma State), Cory Knebel (Texas) and Tyler Naquin, Ross Stripling and Michael Wacha (Texas A&M).