Campbell named Golden Spikes semi­fi­nal­ist

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DURHAM, N.C. – Ar­kan­sas red­shirt-ju­nior right-han­der Isa­iah Campbell is one of 25 am­a­teur play­ers named by USA Base­ball as a Golden Spikes Award semi­fi­nal­ist on Wed­nes­day. The 42nd Golden Spikes Award rec­og­nizes the top am­a­teur base­ball player in the country for the 2019 sea­son and will be pre­sented on June 14 in Los An­ge­les.

Be­gin­ning with the announceme­nt of semi­fi­nal­ists, a bal­lot will be sent to the Golden Spikes Award vot­ing body con­sist­ing of na­tional base­ball me­dia, se­lect pro­fes­sional base­ball per­son­nel, pre­vi­ous Golden Spikes Award win­ners and se­lect USA Base­ball staff, to­tal­ing a group of over 200 vot­ers. From Wed­nes­day, May 15, through Sun­day, May 26, each vot­ing mem­ber will se­lect three ath­letes from the Golden Spikes Award bal­lot of semi­fi­nal­ists and fan vot­ing will si­mul­ta­ne­ously be open on Gold­en­spike­saward.com. Se­lec­tions made by the vot­ing body will carry a 95-per­cent weight of each ath­lete’s to­tal, while fan votes will ac­count for the re­main­ing 5

perenct.

The fi­nal­ists will then be an­nounced on Wed­nes­day, May 29. Be­gin­ning that same day through Mon­day, June 10, the vot­ing body and fans will be able to cast their fi­nal vote for the Golden

Spikes Award win­ner.

Campbell was not named to the Golden Spikes Pre­sea­son Watch List prior to the start of the 2019 sea­son, but was added to the mid­sea­son watch list af­ter his strong red­shirt ju­nior sea­son. Campbell is 9-1 af­ter 13 starts and has 10 qual­ity out­ings to his name, in­clud­ing 12 out­ings of five innings

or more. The nine wins ties for sec­ond in the SEC and his 84 innings tie for first.

Campbell is the first Ra­zor­back to be named a semi­fi­nal­ist for the Golden Spikes Award since An­drew Ben­in­tendi in 2015. Ben­in­tendi won the award that year, making him the first Hog to ever win the pres­ti­gious award in school his­tory. He

along with Philip Stid­ham are the only Ra­zor­backs to ever be named fi­nal­ists for the Golden Spikes Award. Campbell also joins an ex­clu­sive club of Ra­zor­backs to ever be named semi­fi­nal­ists, in­clud­ing Nick Schmidt (2007), Zack Cox (2010), DJ Bax­en­dale (2011) and Ryne Stanek (2013).

As for Campbell, he has, seem­ingly, fol­lowed in the

foot­steps of top Ar­kan­sas arms to be­come one of the Fri­day night aces of the SEC. His 6.50 strike­out-towalk ra­tio is third in the con­fer­ence and 12th in the na­tion. He is also nine strike­outs away from eclips­ing the 100-strike­out mark, which would make him the 12th Ra­zor­back to do so in school his­tory

Since 1978, USA Base­ball

has hon­ored the top am­a­teur base­ball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award. Fol­low­ing the first-ever pre­sen­ta­tion of the Award to Bob Horner of Ari­zona State, the Golden Spikes Award has been pre­sented each year to the player who ex­hibits ex­cep­tional ath­letic abil­ity and ex­em­plary sports­man­ship.

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