SECAUCUS, N.J. - UCLA junior right-hander Trevor Bauer earned the 2011 Golden Spikes Award, as presented by USA Baseball on Friday evening during a live television program in MLB Network's studios.
Bauer becomes the first player in UCLA history to earn the Golden Spikes Award, which has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country since 1978. The GSA is sponsored by Major League Baseball and presented each year to the player who best exhibits exception on-field ability and exemplary sportsmanship.
Bauer was joined on stage with the award's other two finalists, pitchers Danny Hultzen (Virginia) and Taylor Jungmann (Texas), and their families.
"Being mentioned with the past recipients of this award is an amazing honor and privilege," Bauer said. "On a personal note, it's validation of all the hard work, time, sweat and tears that have gone into getting me to this point in my career. But I could never have accomplished this without the help of my teammates, coaches, friends and parents who have been with me along the ride. I can't thank them enough, and I don't really know how to express the jubilation I'm experiencing right now."
Already honored as the national player of the year by Baseball America and Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, Bauer had a sensational year for UCLA in 2011. He went 13-2 with a 1.25 ERA in 136.2 innings and led the nation in strikeouts (203) and complete games (10). He allowed just 22 runs (19 earned) and 73 hits, limiting the opposition to a conference-leading .154 batting average.
"Trevor had one of the best years, if not the best year, that any college pitcher has ever had," UCLA head coach John Savage said. "This is a fantastic tribute to Trevor and his teammates. The Golden Spikes Award is equivalent to college football's Heisman Trophy, and we are all very proud of Trevor and his accomplishments."
The day after UCLA's season ended, Bauer was selected as the No. 3 overall selection in the MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Bauer set UCLA career records in strikeouts (460), wins (34) and innings (373.1) and owns the school's top two marks in single-season strikeouts with 203 in 2011 and 165 in 2010. In two postseasons, Bauer collected a 4-0 record with a 3.00 ERA, logging school records with 55 strikeouts in 39.0 innings. No UCLA pitcher has ever collected three postseason victories, and only five pitchers have earned two wins.
In his final start, Bauer established himself as the Pac-12 Conference's single-season strikeout leader. He finished the 2011 season with 203 strikeouts, one ahead of Mark Prior's 202 strikeouts in 2001 at USC. Bauer ranks second on the conference's career strikeouts list, 31 shy of Tim Lincecum's 491 strikeouts at Washington (2004-06).
Bauer was honored as National Pitcher of the Year at the College Baseball Hall of Fame's Night of Champions in Lubbock, Texas, on July 3. At the conclusion of the regular season, he captured 2011 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year honors. He was a three-time All-Pac-10 Team selection, just the second player in school history to accomplish that feat (along with infielder Garrett Atkins, 1998-2000).