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Grayson Greiner Named to USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Award Watch List

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South Carolina junior catcher Grayson Greiner is one of 30 players in the country to be named to 30-man midseason watch list for the Golden Spikes Award presented by USA Baseball.

Greiner continues to impress going 2-for-3 with his team-leading eighth homer of the year vs. Wofford. He also had a solid weekend at the plate and behind the dish in the Georgia series. Greiner hit .444 (4-for-9) with a pair of homers, three runs scored and four RBI. He was 2-for-3 with a solo homer in the 3-1 loss and followed that up going 1-for-2 with two runs scored, a two-run homer and three walks in the 5-2 victory over the Bulldogs. Greiner leads the Gamecocks with a .345 average (57-for-165) with a team-high eight homers and 47 RBI as well as a .418 on-base percentage and a .552 slugging percentage. Greiner is doing well in the league with a .344 mark (31-for-90) in 24 SEC games with four homers and 22 RBI vs. conference foes.

Greiner was named SEC Player of the Week on March 31 after his play in the Tennessee series. Greiner hit a walk-off grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning to lift South Carolina to a 9-6 win over Tennessee

His play along with Jordan Gore's walk-off homer was No. 1 on ESPN's SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays of the Day.

Greiner won the Tom Price award as the MVP for South Carolina in the weekend series vs. Clemson. Greiner hit .400 (4-for-10) for the weekend with four runs scored. His grand slam homer helped lift South Carolina to a 9-6 win. He had a team-high four walks on the weekend as well.

The watch list will continue to be a "rolling" list until the semifinalists for the award are announced on May 27, ensuring that athletes can play themselves into consideration for the award. The Golden Spikes Award trophy will be awarded live in Los Angeles on July 17.

USA Baseball officials will announce the list of semifinalists for the 2014 Golden Spikes Award on Tuesday, May 27. The list of athletes will then be sent to a voting body consisting of Golden Spikes Award winners, past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of media that closely follow the amateur game, select professional baseball personnel, and current USA Baseball staff, representing a group of more than 200 voters in total.

Fan voting will once again be a part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2014. Tuesday, May 27 marks the day when amateur baseball fans from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalist on GoldenSpikesAward.com. As part of this selection process all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of names.

The complete 2014 30-man midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list is as follows:

Caleb Adams, OF, Junior, Louisiana Lafayette 

Aaron Brown, OF/LHP, Junior, Pepperdine 

Nick Burdi, RHP, Junior, Louisville 

Michael Conforto, OF, Junior, Oregon State 

Tyler Davis, RHP, Junior, Washington 

Chris Ellis, RHP, Junior, Mississippi 

Joey Epperson, OF/IF, RS-Senior, UC Santa Barbara 

Thomas Eshelman, RHP, Sophomore, Cal State Fullerton 

Erick Fedde, EHP, Junior, UNLV 

Brandon Finnegan, LHP, Junior, TCU 

Mike Franco, RHP, Junior, Florida International 

Kyle Freeland, LHP, Junior, Evansville 

Casey Gillaspie, IF, Junior, Wichita State 

Grayson Greiner, C, Junior, South Carolina 

Matt Imhof, LHP, Junior, Cal Poly 

Connor Joe, IF, Junior, San Diego 

Michael Katz, IF, Junior, William & Mary 

Nathan Kirby, LHP, Sophomore, Virginia 

Jordan Luplow, OF, Junior, Fresno State 

Andrew Morales, RHP, Senior, UC Irvine 

Michael Murray, RHP, Sophomore, Florida Gulf Coast 

Aaron Nola, RHP, Junior, Louisiana State 

Max Pentecost, C, Junior, Kennesaw State 

Josh Prevost, RHP, Senior, Seton Hall 

A.J. Reed, LHP/IF, Junior, Kentucky 

DJ Stewart, OF, Sophomore, Florida State 

Sam Travis, IF, Junior, Indiana 

Drew Weeks, OF/IF, Junior, North Florida 

Ben Wetzler, LHP, Senior, Oregon State 

Bradley Zimmer, OF, Junior, San Francisco

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