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Kentucky Wildcats Pitcher Dustin Beggs on Golden Spikes Watch List

Kentucky's ace pitcher has earned a spot on USA Baseball's Golden Spikes midseason watch list.

Senior right-hander Dustin Beggs is one of 60 players nationally to be included on the watch list, which recognizes amateur players at the college and high school levels.

Earlier this season, Beggs (7-0) became the only player in program history to win his first seven decisions. His eighth victory has eluded him in his last two starts against Alabama and Vanderbilt, but Beggs surrendered only one earned run in 14 innings against the Crimson Tide and Commodores while striking out 15.

The Roswell, Ga., native currently ranks third in the nation and second in the SEC with seven wins. He holds a 2.27 ERA with 58 strikeouts and only eight walks in 63.1 innings pitched. Opponents are hitting just .188 against him.

The Wildcats have won 16 of the 23 games Beggs has started in his two-year career in Lexington.

Kentucky is no stranger to the prestigious award, which has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country since 1978. Two-way star A.J. Reed won the award in 2014 after one of the best seasons in college baseball history. The semifinalists for the award will be announced June 1 with the finalists being announced June 13 and the 2016 winner announced June 30.

The No. 19 Cats (23-13, 9-6 SEC) return to action Thursday at Cliff Hagan Stadium in the opener of a three-game series against Arkansas.


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