Appalachian State University designated hitter Daniel Kassouf (Lexington, N.C./North Davidson) is one of 30 semifinalists for the prestigious Golden Spikes Award, USA Baseball announced on Tuesday. In its 35th year, the Golden Spikes Award is presented annually by USA Baseball to the nation’s top amateur player. One of the nation’s premier power hitters,
Kassouf ranks among the NCAA Division I top 25 with an Appalachian State-record 17 home runs (ninth), 144 total bases (16th), a .655 slugging percentage (18th) and 60 RBI (24th). He has made a serious season-long run at the Southern Conference’s triple crown and enters NCAA Tournament play ranked eighth in the SoCon in hitting (.344 batting average), second in home runs and tied for second in RBI.
In addition to being a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, Kassouf is also one of 35 semifinalists for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Dick Howser Trophy and was a unanimous selection as first-team all-Southern Conference designated hitter by the league’s coaches and media. He is the only SoCon representative among the 30 Golden Spikes Award semifinalists and one of only nine semifinalists from outside of the six Bowl Championship Series power conferences.
Fans have a voice in voting for the Golden Spikes Award. In addition to the a panel of 215 voters selected by USA Baseball, results from fan voting will also be included in the selection of three finalists and an eventual winner. Voting for three finalists will be conducted now through Friday, June 1 at 5 p.m. ET at GoldenSpikesAward.com. The three finalists will be announced on Tuesday, June 5 with the winner unveiled on Friday, July 6, live on MLB Network.
REGIONAL SENDOFF SET FOR WEDNESDAY
Fans are invited to Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium on Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. for a sendoff celebration as the Mountaineers depart for Charlottesville, Va. for this weekend’s NCAA Regional at the University of Virginia. Fans can offer the Southern Conference champions well-wishes beginning at 12:45 p.m. with Appalachian’s departure time set for 1 p.m.
The Mountaineers will arrive in Charlottesville on Wednesday evening and practice on Thursday at 1 p.m. at Davenport Field at the UVa Baseball Stadium. Thursday’s practice is open to the public. Third-seeded Appalachian (39-16) opens play in the four-team regional on Friday at 8 p.m. versus No. 2-seed Oklahoma (38-22). Should the Mountaineers get by OU, they will play the winner of Friday’s other opening-round contest between top-seeded Virginia (38-17-1) and No. 4-seed Army (43-14) on Saturday at 6 p.m. If the Apps fall to the Sooners on Friday, they will face the loser of the UVa-Army matchup in an elimination game on Saturday at 1 p.m. The double-elimination regional will conclude on Sunday or Monday (if a winner-takes-all second championship game is necessary).
FOUR APPALACHIAN IMG SPORTS NETWORK AFFILIATES TO CARRY REGIONAL BROADCASTS
Four Appalachian IMG Sports Network affiliates will carry the radio broadcasts of the Mountaineers’ first NCAA postseason games in 26 years this weekend, giving Black-and-Gold faithful throughout the state the opportunity to tune in. David Jackson and Jim Morris’ call of the regional action can be heard on WATA 1450 AM in Boone, the Triad Sports Network (WCOG 1320 AM) in Greensboro, ESPN Radio 730 in Charlotte and WCNC-HD3 99.9-3 FM in Raleigh. Additionally, all Appalachian IMG Sports Network broadcasts can be heard worldwide at GoASU.com, on the GoASU Plus App for Android phones and with the GoApp for IPhone, IPad and IPod Touch.
Photo Courtesy: Daniel Kassouf, ASU Athletics