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COLUMBUS, Ohio – USA Baseball announced its 30 semifinalists for the 2009 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award (GSA) and Ohio State pitcher Alex Wimmers is on the list of players who are under consideration as the nation’s premier amateur baseball player.

Wimmers, the 2009 Big Ten Conference co-Pitcher of the Year, is a sophomore from Cincinnati and Archbishop Moeller High School. He has led the Buckeyes on the mound all year with a 9-1 record, a 2.68 earned run average, 131 strikeouts and an opposing batting average of .199. He leads the Big Ten in opposing batting average and strikeouts and his ERA is second. He threw the first nine-inning no-hitter in Ohio State history May 2 vs. Michigan and he will lead the Buckeyes Friday against the Georgia Bulldogs in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

GoldenSpikesAward.com powered by MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball will be the
online home for the award. The Web site features content devoted exclusively to the GSA, including news, voting history, past-winner photo galleries, and photographs and video highlights for the 2009 semifinalists. Fans can follow online at GoldenSpikesAward.com as the list of 30 players is narrowed to five finalists on Tuesday, June 2, en route to the announcement of this year’s winner on Tuesday, July 14.

The 2009 GSA will be awarded live at MLB’s All-Star FanFest in St. Louis as part of a production by Major League Baseball and MLBAM. Online footage of the event will be found shortly thereafter, exclusively at GoldenSpikesAward.com and MLB.com.

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